Unfortunately, after long years of service with an organization, all it takes is a singular change in leadership to bring everything crashing down.
New managers come with new ideas and processes, bringing things with them that they’ve made a part of their playbook—eager to shake things up and leave their mark on their new organization. While these ideas and processes may have been successful at a previous job, they can seem wildly misplaced at the current one. With things like introducing open office plans and hotdesking to the investigative government department that they’ve just started managing—as if it’s some kind of trendy business or tech startup where they worked previously… or requiring their workers to check out for bathroom breaks like they’re kids at the preschool where they previously taught.
This worker has been working at a company for 18 years and is a senior member of the team. Their new boss is strict about knowing their whereabouts and requires them to sign out when they go to the bathroom. The worker refuses to do so and is facing the possibility of being written up for insubordination. They are considering quitting but are hesitant due to their high salary, good benefits, and five weeks of vacation per year.