License to Manage
I had so many great responses to my post, “People don’t Leave Companies, They Leave Managers”, with one recurring theme: Most managers do not think this way.
It’s sad that in our business culture, people (not just managers) are not motivated to better themselves every time they succeed or fail in something. It’s sad that most people do not look at losing employees as a “failure”, but more as a “that’s the way it is”.
In 2008, 2.6 million people lost their jobs. That’s 65 TIMES the amount of people who die in car crashes each year (42,000)! We need a license to drive, yet there is no license or test one has to take to manage others. Granted, this is not an apples to apples comparison (death vs. losing a job), but in some cases it is. Suicide rates due to job loss triples when the unemployment rate soars over 7%. We must be in big trouble now…
Many people will read this and think to themselves, “This isn’t about me. My company had to let 26% of its workforce go, there was nothing I could do about it”. While this may be true in many cases based on today’s economy; it only proves my point. “Management” as a business construct is taken too lightly. If we look at the reasons WHY our economy has tanked, most would point out the mortgage industry, the banks, the market, etc. But it all goes back to good ol’ capitalism and human greed. Not a bad thing; but maybe not the only people we want managing our companies.