From The Red Recruiter With Care

by The Red Recruiter on May 5, 2009

Fire Your BossDear Manager,

I’d like to thank you for constantly ignoring the overt signs of discontent displayed by your employees. Truly, it means the world to me that taking your key players away and delivering them on a silver platter to my clients has become so easy. Managers like you make the business of recruiting very enjoyable!

Oh yes, and before you start complaining to your manager about how the company needs to pay more or modernize their technology, I want you to know a couple of things.

First, your people don’t leave just because of money. That’s right; they actually go to work every single day for something more than filling their pocketbooks. While it sometimes has to do with a sense of accomplishment, it usually has everything to do with a little undertone I like to call company culture. And guess what, you make that their reality. Thank you.

Second, if you think that fancy bells and whistles keep your best people in place, have I ever got news for you! Once again, they would much rather work for a great boss that has their best interests in mind than for an organization that invests all of the extra capital in fancy monitors and shiny offices. Shocker, I know.

So, next time you have a key contributor on your team hand you the “To Whom It May Concern:” letter – I urge you to consider some introspection. I’m sure that your intentions are good and that you would ultimately like to keep the people that make you look like a star. Unfortunately, that will not be your reality until you start treating them like the “A” players that they are.

Of course, you don’t have to take my opinion for it. After all, my data is much less than scientific. Perhaps as an alternative, you could start asking your employees about what they want, need and desire from you as their manager. Start a fun Excel spreadsheet and share the results with your team.

Again, thank you kindly for making my professional life just a little bit easier. While I hope that you consider this note as a positive gesture, I’m sure that you will toss it away with all of the other attempts people have made to open your eyes to reality. I know that it must be hard to accept that it’s not all about you.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Looking forward,
Michael Long
The Red Recruiter

P.S. Your boss called and he would like to discuss how great he is. Hurry hurry… brownie points on the horizon!

Photo thanks to Al Bar!

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