I once worked for a large company where one could transfer to a different part of the company, and there was a means of transferring back within thirty days if the new position didn’t work out. I found that the coworkers who I was sad to see go seldom came back, while the ones I was happy to see leave were far more likely to return.
For a long time, I thought that this was just bad luck, but then I realized that it’s more likely that if I was sad to see someone go, the place they transferred to probably made an effort to keep them. That thought occurred to me shortly after telling someone who had just transferred into my area, “You know, if you’re not happy with how much work you’re being asked to do, you could transfer back where you came from. There’s no shame in it. In fact, it’s kind of the brave move.”
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