Mindset: Never Hide Job Interviews

I’m continuing my perspective on open management. In fact, one thing I tell my team of CEOs is that they should never ever have to hide that they’re going on job interviews for future companies from me.

At previous companies, I remember having to quietly sneak into back rooms, stepping outside, or making up an excuse I had to go to Dr’s appointments in order to go to job interviews. Why? There was a fear that if you let your management know that you were even thinking of interviewing you could be fired on the spot. Especially during a recession, that’s a complete danger, no one wants their job or families to be at risk.

So instead, I’d rather practice an open culture, that allows for the support of future career growth inside and outside of a company. In fact, I believe that after a team member puts in their appropriate time to master their role (an important requirement) and decides they want to move on, their colleagues should support them, be references for them, open doors for them, and even cheer them on as they go to the interview!

Clearly, I’m a terrible business manager/owner (and I tell candidates this during the interview): I publish no cost open research, willing to help employees find new jobs, and think everyone is like their own CEO. Yet I hope this mindset will help attract, and foster the best in the industry. So far it’s working, we have the best, and I’m proud that we have 100% retention of all 22 employees on payroll in 2011 to date.

I believe management should foster a culture to help grow their team, including making it a safe place to discuss, grow, and even place colleagues in future jobs. As a self-admitted unseasoned executive (thank god I have three seasoned partners) I’m learning a lot every day, I hope to hear your perspective below in the comments.