When It’s Time to Quit

This month’s cover story, and some recent experiences in my own life, got my mind whirring about the labor shortage, the major changes we have seen in today’s workforce, and workday preferences compared to pre-pandemic times. Specifically, I’ve been observing what it is like for people to leave a current job for a new one.

When I left my executive producer position at a local TV station in 2015, my boss at the time took my letter of resignation, threw it across his desk, and never spoke to me again. He also insisted that I had promised him more than two weeks notice if I ever left. – apparently it was a non-verbal, just “known”, agreement between the two of us. I had worked very hard to climb the ranks at the station – from intern to being the top female leader in the news department in just a few years; I was proud of what I had accomplished – and inconsolable by his treatment.

Fast forward to when I resigned my previous position prior to buying C&R, I was so nervous I thought I was going to be sick. Yet she handled it with grace, and told me she too had had a bad experience in the past and promised she would never make someone on her team feel the way she felt for leaving for a better opportunity. I was thankful.

When my husband resigned his current position just this week, his boss (purposefully choosing that word) questioned why he hadn’t come to him to try to “work something out”, and was taken aback by him handing in his notice.

Leaders: if an employee is leaving, please handle it with grace. Please carefully evaluate who you are as a leader. Are you someone people trust coming to if they are unhappy? There is no reason an employee should come to you before resigning to discuss other options if there has never been an open door there, or a solid rapport. For all they know, they could be fired on the spot. Plus, some leaders have policies against “fighting” for employees or giving counter­offers, with the belief that if they’re already one foot out the door, they’ll be heading that way again soon.

The Restoration Workforce Survey has some interesting insights that show conflicting viewpoints between employees and managers, similar to what my husband and I have faced. You can read some of the findings, and get on the list for your copy, HERE.

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•Unsung Heroes Award

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Looking forward to seeing many of you at industry trade shows this spring!

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Michelle Blevins

Michelle BlevinsMichelle Blevins is a content creator, marketing consultant, and entrepreneur whose career has been centered around education and fostering relationships within the industry she serves.

A journalist by trade, Michelle is passionate about running a publication rooted in integrity and valuable education. She views her role as owner and publisher of C&R Magazine as a bridge between industry experts and restoration and cleaning contractors.

Since joining the restoration industry, Michelle has made it her business to stay on top of the latest industry trends. She has become a go-to resource for anyone looking to learn more about what’s happening within today’s restoration industry. This has earned her a spot on many industry stages facilitating panels and helpful discussion with industry experts on the biggest topics facing restorers and cleaners in the current market.

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