Movement of employees from one company to another is not new. Many organizations have had their good employees moving to partner companies or in worst scenarios competitor organizations. These moves are not restricted to any type of organization but happen in both small and large organizations at all levels, from the topmost manager to the lowest ranked employee. These moves may be a result of personal issues with the employee or issues with the company.
A long-serving Microsoft employee has recently been reported to leave the company for AOL, a competitor of Microsoft. Alex Gournares’s resignation is even more embarrassing considering that he plays an important role in Microsoft’s advertising department. Mr. Gournares has been working on Microsoft products such as Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, Windows and Microsoft Tablet PC since 1993. He was last employed as the Corporate Vice President of Advertising Research and Development and is responsible for leading the engineering efforts for Microsoft’s digital advertising products.
Like any employee who leaves his organization for another one, Mr. Gournares may have very good reasons for leaving Microsoft, and reasons for joining AOL. He may have been facing some challenges that were not allowing him do his work effectively. When a job becomes repetitive and one has to do the same thing over and over everyday, it may become boring and may cause an employee to leave for another organization. This is because of the lack of excitement in the job.
Factors Affecting Employee Satisfaction
Another reason that may account for the movement of an employee from one organization to another is when there is no innovation in the organization. An employee may not feel happy when management takes no steps to innovate the way and manner in which things are done in an organization. The worst that can happen is when the management rejects or fails to implement ideas brought out by the employee. They leave for any other organization that they think will buy their ideas and work with them.
Unfavorable working conditions may also be a reason why an employee may leave an organization for another. Some organizations fail to pay their employees their worth. Some genuinely do not have the money and resources, but others declare huge profits but fail to increase their employees’ benefit. This causes employees to be dissatisfied and feel exploited. To pay the employer back, they decide to leave to the competitor’s firm.
Damaged relationships may also cause people to leave their jobs for new ones. Human Resource experts advise that, when an employee’s relationship with other employees, especially superiors and managers is not too good, it is advisable for the employee to resign from the organization.
Competitor organizations may also pull up experienced staff from organizations by offering them better salaries and other conditions of service. This may also be used as a marketing tool. They pull the best employees from competitor organizations and use them to advertise their products and services.
In as much as employers fill the pinch when their most experienced employees leave for other organizations, employees also need these moves to develop themselves. Moving from one organization to the other may help the organization develop his skills to the fullest, so though this may cause a lot of bad blood between people, it is a necessary activity.