A few weeks ago, my friend and colleague Todd Defren, wrote a post for AOL that seemed to stoke a lot of fires amongst the millennial workforce. Todd dares to tell the truth about how he feels when people quit his agency, SHIFT Communications. What the world needs are more people like Todd who are willing to share how they feel and how they manage people in their employ. We’ve all become so passive and politically correct, the pink elephants in the room keep multiplying.
That brings me to the past week where I too lost an employee to a new opportunity. Jenna Bromberg, who has been central to our successful and award winning content strategy at H&R Block, left for a great opportunity with Yum Brands – in particular, Pizza Hut. Jenna had a background in the hospitality industry (I stole her from Houlihan’s) and wanted to get back to her passion.
Although it hurts in the near term, Jenna was leaving for a great opportunity and following her passion. As her supervisor the past two years, I am proud she’s moving on. Not only did she do amazing work for me, but any leader should be happy when their people move to a great job – whether that’s internally or externally with someone else. Although I get paid for my functional knowledge and to lead a team, I pride myself on developing others. It’s what I love about management.
Back to Todd’s post and it’s point – there are proper ways to quit and there are bad ways to quit. I was again fortunate here as Jenna quit well. How did she quit well and why should you pay attention? Here’s what she did and why it made me a bigger fan:
Clearly, these show the growth and maturity of a true professional. That’s why she’s on to manage her own team for one of the world’s biggest brands. Second, it serves as an example to everyone who may consider that next role. How you leave your job sometimes is as important as the job you did when you were there. That may seem unbalanced but just a you want to make a good first impression, you also want to leave a good lasting impression on your way out.
Thank you for your contribution the past two years Ms. Bromberg. Thanks for your presence here and thanks for leaving us in better shape than when you walked in the door.
God speed you wacky Canadian!