Think back to the last time you were interviewing for a new job while employed somewhere else. Remember how it felt to carry that secret around with you, having to lie to your boss and co-workers, about phony appointments, and doing lunch-time phone interviews in your car? It probably didn’t feel great, but that’s just how it works, right?
Maybe. But it’s definitely not how it should work.
I’ve been managing people and culture in high-growth companies for years, including at firms that celebrate values such as transparency and growth. But even in these progressive cultures, employees were still very secretive when they were ready to move on. For a long time, I accepted that this was inevitable, that a job search had to be a clandestine affair conducted behind a shroud of fake dentist appointments. But after my most recent job search landed me at a digital product agency, I began to reject this way of thinking. The phrase “that’s the way we’ve always done things” is poison in an innovative environment. Why was I so ready to accept that this aspect of work couldn’t change for the better?