- On September 22, 2015
A Tale of Two Companies
Two colleagues had recent job transitions and very different experiences.
S. started a new job at a different company. When she walks in the office on the first day, there is a cookbook, two pots of herbs, and a vase of flowers on her new desk. Leaning against the vase is a card that says “Welcome to the Team.”
The manager had called her once the job negotiations had been completed. During the conversation about what to expect at the office, parking, etc, the manager subtly worked in a few questions about S., including what she liked to do in her off-work time. Thus discovering that S. enjoyed cooking and gardening.
T. has worked at XX for 7 years and is leaving for a new job that has more flexible hours and a shorter commute, freeing up time she needs to care of her father who has been diagnosed with aggressive cancer.
On the afternoon of T’s last day at XX, she turns in her laptop to the IT department and puts her few personal possessions into a box. Four or five co-workers who remembered she was leaving stop by and wish her well.
She tries a few times to pop her head into her manager’s office to say good bye. He’s got a deadline to meet and is totally focused on work, asking not to be disturbed.
T. takes the elevator down to ground level and signs her security badge in to the guard and walks out of the building for the last time.
What’s the mojo of your workplace? Which one sounds like a better fit for you?
Mojo: A quality that attracts people to you and makes you successful and full of energy (Cambridge dictionary)
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