I was talking to my friend who’s a financial advisor the other day. He told me about wanting to convince someone to stay at his firm of about 90 people. In the past two years, they’ve been having labor shortages like everyone else.
He mentioned one of his employees quit his firm to work a government job. The former employee’s new government job is very stable, low intensity, type of work.
The person didn’t want to work in a dynamic environment anymore. It was too much pressure.
My friend asked, “What can you do to avoid this? And inspire people to stay at work?” It was more of a rhetorical question.
The truth is we can’t convince people to do anything, let alone convince them to stay in a job they can’t perform. Another friend experienced a similar situation. He runs a consulting firm and a new employee quit after three months because he felt like he wasn’t successful.
If we can’t convince people to do anything, what should we do instead?