Sunday, 23 February 2014

3 Secrets Reasons Why I Couldn't Care Less About Your Company

The Employee speaks

I suppose I have myself to blame.

I was warned by a few good people that coming into your company would be the quickest route to career sabotage.

Nevertheless, I tried to analyse their experiences and justify my decision. After all, I had always prided myself about being a rational and practical being.

I'm even-tempered, professional in all my duties and above all, reliable. When I was interviewed, I'm sure all the relevant boxes were ticked.

Knowledgeable about the role with a verifiable track record?


Glowing references and recommendations?


Analytical mind with excellent teamwork skills?


Proactive leadership? Good communication and presentation skills? Strong IT awareness with the 'big picture' focus?

Tick. Tick. Check. Check.

I  listened  to  your  'messengers'  during   the   interview with rapt  attention, paying attention to what they declared and more importantly, listening to what they didn't say. I asked all the right questions about your company's culture, the career development plans, the employee relations' history, the compensation package, etc. Armed with over two decades of consummate experience in various managerial roles, I had a realistic picture of your company and thought that I'd be a perfect  'fit' for your organisation.

I was completely wrong.

Barely two months later, I've realised that I made a serious mistake by accepting your now too-good-to-be-true offer.

However, all hope isn't lost. Being the ultimate realist, I took a four-month leave of absence at my previous job to test the waters at your company. So I only have to endure working for you for two more months.

You of course are not aware of this plan and frankly speaking, I couldn't care less about you. What I've noticed about you, the Management is inexcusable:

1) You set unrealistic targets and threaten staff who can't meet them

Being  a sales professional my entire career and having held both associate and  managerial positions, I'm amazed that you haven't adopted the recommendations made by your staff.

First, they suggested selling at a pegged price in low-performing regions to remain competitive - an idea you turned down, declaring that it was your company and you knew better.

Then they proposed granting concessions or rewards to your loyal clients/dealers who record the highest sales volumes. Again, you scorned their sound advice.

Having discussed with your clients on several occasions, I can guarantee you that they won't remain loyal for very long. They've been threatening to take their business elsewhere and now, I'd simply encourage them to do so.

Now pray tell - how do you expect your staff to sell a volume worth USD X million at an astronomical price of USD Y per unit, when your rivals are selling at almost a quarter of the price? Your products are not superior to theirs!

And what is all this nonsense about summoning your sales staff to headquarters towards the end of each month to threaten them with sacks, demotions and salary slashes if they fail to meet 80% of their targets?

So, if you are willing to accept 80% of the target as revenue, already translating to USD X billion nationwide, as profit after tax, why even state that all regions must attain 100% of their targets?

It all doesn't make any sense.

2) You're not a credible leader

Even  your  most  loyal  'henchmen'  would  abandon  ship when  it  all comes crashing down.

And it will, sooner or later.

Surely you must have observed that your company has been 'dethroned' and relegated to the fourth position for two consecutive years.

Now that I'm an insider, I found out that this decline occurred during the period you increased targets to unattainable levels, sacked people indiscriminately, and slashed salaries.

You've failed to realise that disillusioned and unhappy staff have cost you significantly in a dented corporate reputation, mediocre performance and lost productivity. This reality check won't go down well with your investors. How would you explain your actions, the disappointing figures, and paltry dividends to them?

Moreover, because you're neither respected nor trusted, you've lost exceptional talent to your competitors. It may surprise you to note that those 'renegade' ex-employees are now excelling in their new roles, nurtured by  empathetic cultures, sound corporate structures, consistent organisational support, and crucial training - basically all the facets your company lacks.

We've also heard rumours of unethical practices carried out by your 'inner circle' with your full approval.

You lack integrity and I don’t  wish to continue working in such a toxic environment.

3) You don't care about your employees

Your employees don't even have free basic healthcare!

Now this is just plain wrong.

I heard that you made a feeble attempt to provide medical cover for your staff and their families via a private healthcare provider. They were initially surprised you had made the effort. However, three months after the scheme began, it was discontinued due to complaints from your healthcare partner that you, the Management, reneged on the business agreement.

Old habits die hard I suppose.

You haven't even bothered to resolve the conflict, nor have you provided your staff with an alternative medical cover.

It all boils down to you not being concerned about the welfare of your employees.


The stories get worse.

I also heard that there's no genuine support, emotional or otherwise, for bereaved staff, apart from a few superficial declarations of condolences and a relatively brief period to "attend to private matters".

Likewise, those who fall ill are automatically regarded with the suspicion that they feign their ill health to avoid work. So they often return to the office, clearly unfit for work, just to avoid queries. Not surprisingly, the stress levels trigger further ill health.

Given that you treat your employees as commodities and not real people, I'm not surprised that you continue to lose them in droves.

And I'm no exception as I plan to leave soon.


I  may  have  believed  you  during  the  interview  that  working  for  you would be a rewarding experience, but the scales have fallen from my eyes.

I don't believe that you deserve a formal notice for my exit. Therefore, I intend to simply quit, and yes, in the middle of that critical rollout project. 


True, I'd forfeit a month's salary in lieu of my sudden departure, but money isn't everything.


Not only would I gladly return to my previous job but I'd derive some joy in leaving you stranded until my position is filled.

And I promise you that I'd discourage everyone I know from working for you.

So good luck with trying to attract and retain new talent of my calibre in the future.

You may recall  that  a  poll  was  placed  on this blog a few months ago, requesting that viewers should vote for their favourite topics from a list of four themes. Below are the results.

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  1. This is true of so many hardworking people when they discover that the King not only has no clothes, but doesn't care to discuss or want to hear it.

    Oh well . . . time to strike out on your own and create your own company!

  2. Thanks for your comment.

    If only it were possible for everyone who's fed up to go launch their own companies...

    Come back soon :-)

  3. Excellent post Lucille! It struck a chord w/ me. (I have just filed my resignation and have two weeks more to go). Keep being awesome!

  4. Many thanks for such kind words :-).

    I do hope that you get a better job, one in which you would be happy.

    I wish you the best of luck!

  5. Shauna Bowling (via Article & Blog Writing Specialist Group on LinkedIn)24 February 2014 at 23:44

    Oh, can I relate to this!

    Two years ago I quit my job as the Accounting Manager of a well-respected construction management company. I had over 12 years tenure with the company. I was good at my job. I kept clients and subcontractors happy and did the work of three people, in addition to managing a (small) staff. All was well until the presidency got turned over to the 3rd generation. He was 30-something at the time, raised with wealth, was sent to Harvard Business School every year and didn't know his ass from a hole in the ground when it came to employer/employee loyalty.

    I quit via email on a Sunday morning - no notice. I'd had enough of being denied raises because of the economy, yet new high tech equipment was brought in for the officers (while I ran accounting on friggin' Windows 2003!), they had beach homes in addition to their main homes - all while there was supposedly no money to compensate loyal employees with proven skills and achievement.

    My controller didn't know how to do my job when I left, nor did my sole subordinate. Less than a year after I quit the controller and my co-hort quit. An entire department had to be replaced with no one knowing how to train them.

    Ha! Can you hear me now?!

    1. Hello Shauna,

      I must admit that I read your story with some glee.

      Your account about how you were treated was however appalling. Still I am glad you made the right decision for yourself and moved swiftly along.

      I hope you're in a better place now. It really beats me how talented people are taken for granted and passed over when promotions and recognition are due.

      Thanks for reading the article. I recommend you read two related articles on the blog

      Inside The Complicated Mind Of The Employee

      Employee Retention: 5 Reasons Why I Would Leave Your Company.

      You could easily find these articles by using the 'search this blog' option at the top right sidebar on the main page.

      Cheers and would love to hear from you soon!

  6. Fantastic read and the pictures very eye catching!. Also caught up with the related Management topics.

    You may have covered this already but would be nice to see the other side...e.g.5 reasons why I would stay in a company.

    Poll results interesting too.
    Keep up great work.

  7. Hi there!

    Many thanks for reading the article.

    You made an interesting point - I would definitely work on writing a post from the other perspective, ie the reasons why an employee would STAY in a company.

    Thanks for the suggestion. Please keep them coming and don't forget to post your comments.

    Hope you come back soon!

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  9. Glad you found it interesting Daniel. Thanks for dropping by!


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