I was playing golf with a buddy of mine the other day and I was asking him how work was going. He said, "I quit my job, I just haven't left yet". I thought wow, what a statement. In talking with him, he did not feel there was much of a future for him so he was just waiting things out until he could find a new opportunity. He was also tired of the Senior Leaders' attitude that they should be happy to have a job given the economy.
When has this attitude of "you can't find another opportunity" ever worked? If you are in a relationship with someone, you would never say you couldn't possibly find someone else so you better stick with me. Why would that attitude possibly be acceptable in the work environment? Leaders need to recognize there are opportunities available and it is their responsibility to ensure the organization is striving to be the best possible employer it can be. As an example, check out this article on the wonderful attitude these leaders have about their employees.
These Senior Leaders get it.