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Fifteen years, but where do they go?

April 24, 2015

15 yearsApril 24, 2000 was a Monday. I was in a new office, and heard soft sobbing from another. Time can pass very slowly. Looking back, the time has passed simultaneously in an instant and at a slow drip. Back then Bill Clinton was in the White House, the Boston Bruins were not in the playoffs, and the technology laden NASDAQ index was free-falling from 5,000. The passing of time greatly depends on your perspective and where you are in life. In an interview this week, New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez looked back on his career and told a reporter, “It’s been one long boo for 15 years.” Wow. That time must have passed slowly.

Fifteen years later, another Clinton is hunting for a white house in Washington, DC, the NASDAQ has clawed its way back over 5,000, and the Bruins… Well, time is passing very slowly right now for them and their fans.

I worked at Japanese tech company NEC for 16 years before they moved to Sacramento and I didn’t. During that tech boom, I saw college buddies in Silicon Valley job-hop up (but sometimes off) the corporate ladder. I never once wondered Is It Bad to Stay at One Company for Very Long? Job satisfaction and employee engagement live in a swirling ocean of work variables, but one set of reasons nails it for me:

  • Employees who are supervised by highly engaged managers are 59% more likely to be engaged (Gallup)
  • Highly engaged employees are:
    • more than twice as likely to help someone at work even if they don’t ask for help
    • more than three times as likely to do something good for the company that is not expected of them
    • more than five times as likely to recommend that a friend or relative apply for a job at their company (Temkin Group)

I’ve had the good fortune to work for 3 highly engaged managers at Kronos. Pete Broderick hired me and survived. Barb Vlacich inherited me… When I worked for her, “mutual respect” between all employees was the mantra. (Work)Joyce… I inherited her, and she still tolerates me well…

It’s these three people, and many others that make me more than five times as likely to recommend that a friend or relative apply for a job at Kronos.

April 24, 2015 is a Friday, and in 15 years I’ve only heard a few boos.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ron permalink
    April 25, 2015 12:15 pm

    Nicely said Leo, I know you also got some very good insight at NEC, for the most part. Perhaps the characteristic of many of these “inspiration focused” individuals was bravery. That being the courage to do what is right rather than what is expected. The courage to allow others to prosper individually.


    • April 27, 2015 11:34 am

      Ron, so true. I learned a great deal back then, too.

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