Silent migration – two perspectives

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Silent migration – two perspectives

Karin Tenelius, CEO, Tuff Leadership Training“What is happening out there?” This is the name of a new and already popular seminar from Tuff, which is about the strong winds blowing at the moment and the shift to a less hierarchical corporate culture that organisations are now facing. A side effect is a silent migration, happening under the radar.

Competent and creative employees are escaping large organisations because they have had enough. They seek a more human context to be a part of where their ability to see the whole picture and wish for sustainability are taken into account.

I have worked as a career coach for almost twenty years and although it’s no longer my main profession, when I meet talented, valuable professionals suffering from disempowering leadership, I cannot help but offer my services and support. Very often they are competent women in my private network. Over the years I have watched this trend with curiosity. I myself was a refugee from the corporate world many years ago! If this trend was small trickles then, it has now swelled to a strong current – valuable employees are escaping large corporations in floods.

These traditional organisations see these people as interchangeable and don’t realise that they are leaking wisdom, good ideas, entrepreneurship and commitment – the very things they claim to value when recruiting! Those who remain are employees who can cope with the environment and are probably more motivated by self-interest than the sustainability of the business.

Tuff Leadership Training partners with many large corporates so it is in our best interest to help them become workplaces that attract and keep these self-motivated and committed employees. It might sound black and white but I believe that many of these large organisations need to be mindful of talented people escaping and taking with them valuable skills and ways of thinking. It is the more human-oriented workplaces that attract these types of people and are able to keep them. I think this is just the beginning and I hope managers are able to see the consequences of this losses and make the necessary changes.

Shortly after writing this blog, I spoke to my British colleague Lisa Gill who has encountered a phenomenon in London called ‘Escape the City’. It’s an organisation that supports individuals who want to break free from corporate life and make more meaning. You can read her blog here:

Karin Tenelius, CEO, Tuff Leadership Training