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Would you rehire?

"Would you rehire?" is the question most recruiters ask former employers.

And the question we should all be asking ourselves is "Would my employers rehire me?"

Have you ever asked them?   If you resigned, would they be fighting to keep you, or would they say nice things, and be quietly sighing with relief?

Or maybe even doing the Dance of Joy....   (See below for link)

At your next evaluation or one-on-one, consider asking the question.   You might be pleasantly surprised, or you might hear the opposite of your expectations.

We often sit in those dreaded appraisals, and the only thing we are trying to do is fight for a higher number on the various ratings.   What about really trying to find out if you are delivering, rather than bickering over 3s and 4s with your line manager?

If their perception of you is vastly different from what you believe about yourself, this is the time to take this very scary step, and ask for honesty.

"Would you rehire me?"   and listen carefully without defending yourself.

My suggestion is to then ask for time to think about what they have said, and set up a meeting within the next twenty four hours to discuss a way forward for both you and the company.   Forty eight hours at the outside.

You listened to them, now ask for the same courtesy.   Do remember, this is not about defence, its about a way forward, so do not take each point and explain/argue why you have not been delivering to their expectations (whether you believe their assessment to be fair or unfair), rather discuss how you believe you will be able to do so in the future.

Covering tools, resources and training could be very useful.

If you think this is too big a risk, ask yourself if you would want to have you as an employee if the financial future of the company, and your family, depended on your input.

If the answer is Yes, then why is it a risk?

If it is No, what are you going to do to change the situation?

Links, References and Notes

The Dance of Joy - Perfect Strangers

Note

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