She called me yesterday to tell me that she has resigned the morning before. Gosh! That was shocking.. this August she would have been 18 years in this company. We met at Uncle Chilli's shortly after that call. We were joined by one of the directors of my previous company, a trade marketing manager and a former GM of our logistics company. Everyone was concerned for her and she wondered aloud to the director if her move was a wise one.
We asked her why she resigned.. there are always 3 factors as to why a person does so
1) Monetary (that is not a problem.. she is so well paid that her boss (newly installed abt 1 year ago) was not happy)
2) Job satisfaction (this may be one of the subordinate reasons .. it got a bit stale after 18 years)
3) Environment (aha! "People leave managers not companies," write the authors Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman. "So much money has been thrown at the challenge of keeping good people - in the form of better pay, better perks and better training - when, in the end, turnover is mostly a manager issue." If you have a turnover problem, look first to your managers. Are they driving people away? )
My ex boss said that she cannot stand the shit no more. Another one more year of this, she thinks that she will have a mental breakdown. She says that she fully understands how I felt with the system and with the frustration of not being appreciated by the new management.
We know that her move to get out will cause some changes in the company. Close 10% of us have left this year. Upper management will do what it takes to retain the rest of us. I hope that they are not too late...We shall see a dethronement of a queen in time to come...