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Your Colleagues Are Resigning: What Now?


For the past 7 years of working in the corporate world, I have seen many people are leaving the company for many reasons.


I remem­ber the first time I step my foot in the cor­po­rate office. It was amaz­ing to see how peo­ple work togeth­er. The office was full of dec­o­ra­tion; the can­teen offers a food you’ve nev­er tast­ed before, the over­flow­ing cup of cof­fee, plus you will own a lap­top!

But the longer you stay, the more real­i­ty you will see. Some peo­ple did­n’t enjoy what they are doing. Many peo­ple are leav­ing because they lost their most pre­cious time on the things that mat­ter. And some suf­fered major health issues.

It was 2011 when I left my first job because I’ve seen peo­ple are leav­ing. I decid­ed based on my emo­tions and what oth­er peo­ple are telling.

When I land­ed a job in Hewlett-Packard, I thought it is a per­fect com­pa­ny. But the longer I stay, I have seen again many of my col­leagues leav­ing.

2014, when five of my team­mates left.

2015, anoth­er two of them left.

2016, though I trans­ferred to a dif­fer­ent team, I’m still see­ing this. Employ­ees leav­ing the com­pa­ny seems a con­tin­u­ous trend every year.

It hurts to see when one of your clos­est friends leav­ing. It is heart-wrench­ing. It’s like a part of your­self tear­ing away from you. Sep­a­nx (Sep­a­ra­tion Anx­i­ety) as they call it.

With that you there will be chances you’ll lose your enthu­si­asm to con­tin­ue to work.




  1. Revis­it your goals.

I remem­ber it was 2014 when five from our team left the com­pa­ny. There was a lot of work­loads has left. Every­one was fac­ing a dilem­ma if it still worth it to stay.

I faced that dilem­ma too. I pre­pared my resume and send it to dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies. In fact, there was a com­pa­ny who gave me the job offer, but I declined.

Why I reject­ed the offer?

Because I real­ized, it was just a burst of emo­tions. I don’t know what will hap­pen to our team. That time I ques­tioned myself, “will our team will get through? Or we will dis­solve like what hap­pened to oth­er teams?”“despite all the merg­ers, acqui­si­tions, the com­pa­ny’s rev­enue is still not increas­ing, rev­enue goals still not met, will it be worth it to stay even I don’t receive a salary increase?”

The rea­son I did­n’t accept the offer was, before the day I was about to return for the job offer, I revis­it­ed my goals.

And then I asked myself, “If I will leave my job today, will my goals still keep intact?”“Do I need to start over again?”

Revis­it­ing your goals allow you to reflect on your past fail­ures and suc­cess­es.

When I revis­it­ed my long term goals, I real­ized that the first two years of my career was­n’t good. I was a job hop­per and with that, it nev­er helped me to get ahead in life.

As a mil­len­ni­al, decid­ing to stay longer would be a lit­tle bit dif­fi­cult. But it helped you to grow pro­fes­sion­al­ly and per­son­al­ly. If work­ing for your com­pa­ny still excites and chal­lenge you, then don’t leave yet. Build your career on it.


  1. Know your deep­est why.

Why you do what you do? What comes to your mind each time you wake up in the morn­ing? What are things that cap­ture your inter­est? What are your pas­sions?

Many peo­ple do not know what their pas­sions. You can eas­i­ly know it if you ask your­self:

What makes your heart sing?”

And fol­low the 5 why’s prin­ci­ple.




I learned this prin­ci­ple two years ago from my White Belt and Yel­low Belt Lean Six Sig­ma Train­ing.

In this prin­ci­ple, we ask 5 why’s or some­times more than that for each occur­ring issues because we need to iden­ti­fy the root cause of it to devel­op a per­ma­nent solu­tion or fix for it. Thus, pro­mot­ing cost sav­ings for the client and ease of work for us.

But in this case, I believe we can apply it also in our lives. And in this con­text, you’ll assess the root cause what has trig­gered you to make plans about leav­ing the com­pa­ny.

For exam­ple:

Why some my col­leagues are leav­ing? Is it for finan­cial rea­sons?

Then why it trig­gered me to fol­low? Am I strug­gling finan­cial­ly as well? Does my month­ly pay check not enough any­more?

Why I’m strug­gling finan­cial­ly? Because I spend a lot. Have I many bills to pay?

Why you spend a lot? Want to enjoy life because you know you only live once.

You see, every “why” leads you to your deep­est con­cern. If your last “why” doesn’t per­suade you enough to fol­low peo­ple who are leav­ing the com­pa­ny, then it’s not worth to fol­low them.

I men­tioned ear­li­er that I’ve been in the cor­po­rate for 7 years. Some peo­ple might even longer than I am, and for the mean­time, I believe this is the place where God has called me for this sea­son of my life. And if He’s going to pull me out of it, I will def­i­nite­ly leave the cor­po­rate life.

Every year you’ll be fac­ing the same dilem­ma. But your deep­est why will either make you stay or pur­sue your goals and aspi­ra­tions.

What makes your heart sing?


SEE ALSO:  From Where You Are to Where You Should Be

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