Why Employees Leave (Open-Handed Staffing)

cover170x170On Andy Stanley’s recent podcast “Open-Handed Staffing” (1/8/2015) he discusses a high level team member that is looking at exploring a new opportunity outside of their organization. Andy advises leaders to be open to discussing these thoughts and to not set the example of encouraging an environment that encourages secrecy. He goes on to break down the reasons for transitioning from an organization into three categories (podcast time 12:10):

  1. You are restless, looking for a bigger/different challenge or responsibility, bored or in need of general change.
  2. You encounter a better opportunity that is simply not available to be provided in your current environment.
  3. You just know. Sometimes a new opportunity doesn’t seem to make any sense (fiscally, geographically, community, etc.) but you can’t get it out of your head or your heart and you just know that it is what you are supposed to do.

Making large transitional changes can be stressful and draining. If you are in the middle of a transition or thinking about a new opportunity that is available, ask yourself the clarifying question “If they were to call you today and tell you that they found somebody else, would you be relieved or disappointed?”



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