The Organisational Talent That Left The Building



Recently I was at a meeting with a potential associate for our business. During the course of our conversation we reminisced about our previous careers. I had been a company accountant in a £2.5 million turnover business. My Co-Director was a former director of a Top 100 financial planning business and our meeting guest a senior director in a university. We discussed the years it had taken to get to our final positions, the projects we had undertaken and the stress that had finally lead us to leave…year upon year of pressure that had squeezed out our passion, our confidence and our drive.

In all three cases, we admitted we had been really good at what we did and loved the difference we were making, but relationships with one or two people had meant we needed to leave for our mental health – and the fact that we wanted to see many more birthdays!

On the drive home this got me thinking.

In organisations we talk to, we hear of the number of people on long term sickness and the high staff attrition rates. Think of those numbers as individual people. Think of the years of study, the experience, the natural flair and the personalities that are lost. In addition there is the effort of a new hire, the on-boarding, getting up to speed etc. but those original people had got to a place where they felt they had no choice.

When talking to and reading about the next generation, our Millenials, they have a zero tolerance attitude on stress. I know several young people personally who, when bullying was not stopped or promises weren’t kept purely voted with their feet. No long periods of stress, sleepless nights and gradual character assassination…just gone.

“Organisations have already lost a huge amount of talent and unless they are willing to put the wellbeing of their people at the top of the agenda this will continue to happen” Nicky Marshall

What saddens me is that the changes needed aren’t big. A considerate check in with current workload. A thank you when a project has required massive effort. Being treated as an adult rather than the misconception that a workforce is made up of petulant children. Time off for that appointment and the trust that it will be made up…or given freely.

People want to love their job.

They want to feel part of a team. They crave reassurance from time to time. They understand a business needs to make money, they just want to be treated as human.

Are you the talent that has left? Or the forward thinking manager that nurtures your organisational talent?

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About The Author

Nicky Marshall

Nicky is an international, award winning author and speaker and owner of three companies. Nicky has a background as a Management Accountant but has been running businesses since 2006. Nicky is a wellbeing advocate, passionate to show that people are amazing and capable of great success - when they have the right techniques and enough energy! After suffering a stroke at 40 and fully recovering, Nicky is on a mission to change the wellbeing of the world - one person at a time.