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CFO: What if we invest in our employees, and then they leave?
CEO: What if we don’t and they stay?
This joke has certainly made the rounds over the years, from professional meetings and trade shows to employee engagement seminars and blogs. Even so, there are always people who have not heard it because you see expressions that suggest they just had an “aha moment.”
There are a surprising number of companies today, big and small, who continue to treat their employees as an expense, not as an asset, and invest little or no money to help them to improve their performance and grow professionally. In a robust economy, those near-sighted organizations can stay in business, but when times are tough, they are usually the first companies to go out of business much as they are today.
If you work for an organization that sees no real value in helping you grow, you are working for the wrong people. The longer you stay, the more you compromise your future.
Before we rush to a call to action to jump into the market to look for a new job, there is some important context to understand. When times are tough –the economy is in the Covid-19 dumps, and unemployment remains a huge issue, and probably will be distressed for the next year — you need to be cautious. You do not abandon a building because you smell a hint of smoke nor do you rush into the path of a tornado.
Develop a plan of action before you act. OK, it sucks that your company does not care enough to invest in you, but it does not mean that you have a free pass to the front of the employment line. YOUR professional development is ultimately YOUR responsibility. YOU must invest in yourself.
Here are three steps:
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