Don’t say, YES, too quickly or it may bite you in the end. Usually, a company offers an employee, sales staff, managers or whomever advancement in their position. Sometimes it may include significantly more money, better perks, a company car, too. It sounds good so far. Now, let’s look a little deeper.
Nothing is wrong or bad about advancement. You may never have the same opportunity again if you turn it down this time. Maybe it’s a bigger office, more staff, more sales, greater profits. Everything is looking bright on this end for now. Why hesitate? Some folks will tell you to take the new position and get on the next metro out of town. Don’t miss the boat. Your employer needs you and is willing to give you a good advancement to boot.
Do we take the advancement or turn it down? Good question for sure. Back when I was a Regional Manager for a large staffing service it happened. New York boss calls and tells me I need to locate my office in a larger city, maybe Atlanta. That was his opinion, not mine. Atlanta was just one city in the group of offices assigned to my region. Actually, the suggestion failed to offer any added perks which made it even less attractive.
We’ll give it some thought and talk later. I was married, 3 small children, had a home with a mortgage to pay, two cars on a monthly payment plan but finances were in decent order. Spouse’s widowed Mom and my parents were local and nearby. Great babysitters were available anytime. We lived in the same town as our high school friends, church friends, neighbors, all the folks we’d ever known.
Compared to where we were, it wasn’t very exciting to move to a new city. No friends. No babysitters. No church family. No high school buddies. Familiarity has tremendous value and it’s not easy to give up. For my family, it was hard to even think about moving. An office 200 miles south with employees we barely knew, not much excitement was showing on our radar screen.
Our family vote was to stay where we were if possible. The kids were happy with their friends, the bride was into her own activities, friends in many areas and little desire for change. An old saying is, if you keep momma happy everybody else will be happy too [something like that!]. Don’t rock the boat is not bad advice either with 5 votes against the move.
An interesting thing happened on the way to the bank. The boss never brought it up again and for sure yours truly didn’t either. The idea or suggestion died for lack of interest on both sides. Actually, the boss had his own issues to deal with. He never shared his problems but he was gone within the next few months, maybe a year had passed, and we had a new President on board.
You guessed it, right? In another 12 months my position was eliminated too. Where would I be had I moved to Atlanta? Obviously, no one knows. However, we can make a few guesses. Most likely we’d have a new home, a bigger mortgage to pay. No Job. No income. No medical coverage. No incentive for the company to pay for our move back so we’re stuck. Getting another job with the same income level may be a challenge. All depends on marketplace conditions.
Since we didn’t move it’s not necessary to beat a dead horse. Actually, termination from a position can be your best experience ever. In a nutshell, here’s what happened. After several years of sweat and hard work for this big national firm, they decided it would help the firm’s bottom line to eliminate some key salaries like mine. Not a good idea. Fortunately, our business had been built on the integrity and honesty of our local staff with regular clients. We started our own firm and about 95% or more of our business came with us for the next 25 years. BIG is not always BEST. Consider your options carefully every time before making a decision in haste that you may regret later when it’s too late.