Month: June 2012

Misplaced Workplace Loyalty

Workplace loyalty? Does leaving those you’ve worked with impair a Candidate’s decision to depart? Over the past few weeks, I’ve been a bit surprised by the plethora  of RN Directors and C-Level Candidates who have actually considered either not pursuing a new position or accepting a new position – Because those who would be left behind would feel “abandoned, neglected, betrayed” or otherwise.  Removing the sense of  possible Candidate self-importance- We’re not talking about military generals leaving their posts and thus leaving their men to the enemy.

We’re talking about people in hospital leadership positions leaving that hospital for a better opportunity. Quite often a position  which offers a new challenge, more money and an opportunity which facilitates the Candidate’s professional and personal goals. Who has the right to challenge these choices?

The problem is two-fold- Why this sense of loyalty to those we lead and when did those we lead become so selfish, so entitled to guilt-trip their leaders into staying instead of leaving?

I’ve had candidates tell me that physicians, peers and staff have expressed sadness, concern and near frustration that Director / C-Level might be leaving the building.

When did it become acceptable workplace etiquette to not be an adult and wish someone well along their professional journey? When did accepting a new job (whether having it for 1 year or 10) carry with it a professional life sentence? And, just for kicks, I’m wondering if the people who try to hold on to their professional counterparts are really the silent sufferers? The ones who really want to leave but either can’t or won’t,  so when someone else gets the opportunity- Traitor! is nearly shouted from the countertops of the break room.

Here’s a tough one to accept. Only by taking care of ourselves can we then take of others. And, if you’re in a job that is more focused on taking care of the marginalized egos of those you might leave behind- The disservice you are doing your team, your organization and yourself will have serious, long-lasting and quite possibly damaging professional and financial consequences for YOU.

Our careers are a journey. And, we each have the right, the obligation to seize every opportunity, to be ambitious and bold and to accept those jobs which ultimately take care of ourselves first and foremost.