The co-worker of a buddy
applied to an internal job posting.
She told everyone she applied
(her current manager was not amused).
She told everyone
when the phone interview was.
She took that interview
at her desk.
She bungled the interview.
She didn’t pass that initial stage.
She didn’t get the job.
And everyone knew it.
via Public Failures » client k.
We just went through a similar experience here at work. A fellow I work with, who very much enjoys socializing and walking around and talking with everyone about everything that’s going on with life, has been talking since last year about how he’d finally graduate from college in May of this year, and his plans to get a new job in a different industry.
As this year progressed, he was very vocal and open about jobs he was applying for, when he was taking time off to go to job fairs or for interviews, about how he was taking all his available PTO so he wouldn’t lose any when he got his new job in May after graduation, and so on and so forth.
When he found a job he liked, he told everyone he had found his job, how the hiring process was going, his expected start date, and all that. He talked to the HR rep asking about using up all his PTO before his expected start date with his new employer.
So the management team opened his position, placed want ads, and we started interviewing. We were racing against the clock to find and train a replacement before he quit in May, and within 2 weeks, we had found and hired his replacement, which was great… for everyone except for him.
Because he still hasn’t received an offer letter from his new employer, nor a start date.
So he overlapped with his replacement for a week, and then the company gave him two weeks notice. Turns out, we didn’t have the budget or workload for two employees doing the same job.
So right up until today, the co-worker kept hoping to receive his new offer letter from his new employer, but he still hasn’t, and we just walked him out the door.
There might be times when you want to tell everyone about a goal in order to receive communal support and encouragement for that goal, but there will also be plenty of times when you just need to keep your big fat mouth shut until the appropriate moment.