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If the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, it probably means you aren’t watering YOUR grass.

During a recent conversation with an employee at one of my clients, we delved into the issue of another company poaching the client’s employees.

When I inquired about their feelings on the matter, their response was quite insightful: “If the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, it probably means you aren’t watering YOUR grass.”

Subsequent research on the poaching company revealed an average employment duration of under 18 months and less-than-stellar Glassdoor reviews. It begged the question: why would anyone consider leaving the client organization?

Despite offering industry-standard salaries, excellent benefits, perks, and stock options, the client organization found some employees still lured by higher pay elsewhere. The leadership team had fostered an environment where dedicated, engaged Contributors – those who add value to the organization – could thrive and grow alongside the company’s success.

However, some employees who made the leap for the promise of greener pastures discovered it was merely an illusion. They faced micromanagement, unreasonable conditions, and unethical tasks in their new roles. Regrettably, they returned to my client organization, realizing their mistake.

In these conversations, one pivotal moment occurred when the leadership team agreed to welcome back these employees under one condition: they must commit to “watering their own grass” – nurturing their current opportunities rather than seeking external allure.

To equip all employees with this mindset, the leadership team introduced Contributorship™ skills. Returning employees were seamlessly reintegrated and encouraged to embody Contributorship™ principles wholeheartedly.

If you’re interested in cultivating Contributorship™ within your organization or
personally, feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn and follow The Steele Method LinkedIn business page.