While not directly related to personal finance, it can have big implications on your job search should you burn the bridges behind you. Let’s face it if you are looking for work and there are burnt bridges out there it can make it a little more difficult and that my friend will affect your finances…badabing! Let me share with you a little story of something that happened at work this past week.
Jerry was a happy employee of my company (1),his boss left the company to go work elsewhere. His boss contacts Jerry and recruits him to work there with him. Jerry obliges and accepts the job to work with his new boss at company (2). Jerry turns in his resignation and a competitor entered our market and Jerry is approached by company (3). Jerry decides after going back and forth with wage increases between company (2) & (3), that company (3) is the way to go. Jerry burned 2 bridges in this scenario.
Jerry burned his bridge at my company by leaving to go work with his former boss whom had recruited him and he also burned the bridge at his bosses company. Jerry leveraged companies 2 and 3 to increase his rate of pay for his own benefit. Jerry was pretty selfish.
I think that if Jerry had any kind of ethics when he put in his resignation to our company and notified company 2 that he had accepted the job, he should have upheld that allegiance and gone to work there. For that I cannot respect him as a professional in the industry that we work. Pretty stupid for Jerry considering the census for the area is less than 100,000.
I understand why he did it he wanted to go with a company who he saw was moving into the area and he would get to develop that market. I also appreciate the fact that he wanted to make the most money for his family.
Well I have news for him; he is a middle aged man and likely may change jobs again. This area is small and it could very well impact his future employment in this industry. So with that, the best of luck to you Jerry!!!!
You never want to burn a bridge that you don’t have to, sure we all have changed jobs at one time or another but you want to go out on your former employer’s good graces. Chances are that you will cross paths with your former employer at some point.
Mutual respect of yourself and your employer should be taught in the grade school system. This knowledge is essential to personal relationships. We can apply this same principle to friends, family, and any other group or organization you are part of. This will make parting much easier and can only benefit you in the future.
I don’t even know why something like this needed to be posted, but sometimes the obvious needs to be pointed out, eh Jerry? Don’t be Jerry! Part with your dignity and your head high, because you never know when you may need to call upon your former employer or colleague.
Do you know any Jerry’s? Have you ever burned a bridge? Ever had to go back after you burnt a bridge to try and salvage it? Go ahead, you can share!!