Imagine you are an employee who has found themselves in a rapid change environment. You feel confused with everything that is happening and the pace it is happening at. You are struggling to see how you will continue to add value and have a concern that your skill-set isn’t even relevant anymore.
Your employer doesn’t appear to see that there is a problem. You have been told what is happening and when it is happening, but all that is doing is making you feel more insecure and fearful of how these changes will impact on you.
In frustration, you decide to write a letter to your employer.
I have felt so much a part of the company’s journey and its success that I look at the company as if you are part of my family. It is for this reason that I feel compelled to write you this letter…because I really love what I do!
The success that we have enjoyed over the years as a company has, I believe, been because of our people. We are renowned for our customer service and our customers love what we do. I know that our customers are shopping differently, but it is not like any of this is new, so, I am confused as to why we are adopting so many far reaching changes in the business. It is not as if we are not a success already!
Your memos and the team meetings we have had letting us know what is happening and when it is happening have been great, but they really don’t answer the questions I have as to ‘why’ these changes are happening and what that means for me. This is a real concern for me.
No-one has asked me what my thoughts are, included me in any discussions or asked for my feedback on what I think the impact will be. This has made me feel like maybe the company I thought I knew, I really didn’t, and maybe I don’t belong here anymore.
I don’t want to go, but I can’t see how, when these changes take place, that I will be relevant anymore. I have a concern that it is only a matter of time before I am asked to leave so I have decided, with great sadness, to resign.
I hope that the ‘new look’ company brings the changes and results that you are looking for. Unfortunately, this is not a journey I can see myself being part of.
Disillusioned Long-Term Employee
When your employer reads this letter they have a choice, to see this as a red flag on how they are introducing change, or to see it as an easy way to get rid of the ‘dead wood’ and introduce new thinking. If they choose the latter they then need to ask themselves at what cost this will to the business?
Originally posted 2017-08-25 12:59:26.