You Can Check Out, But You Can Never Leave

When it comes to reputation and image, the average person will think of an organization, institution or corporation. Sadly, too few of us pause to think about individual reputation and how priceless and precious it is.

What brings personal reputation to mind is two recent examples of individuals who left one organization to join another. Both handled their resignations in a totally professional way and were wished well by peers and managment alike. Yet, no sooner had the individuals departed than management determined the two had, in fact, "checked out" months before. Work hadn’t been done. Needs hadn’t been attended to. In short, they had just stopped trying, figuring that focusing on the next job was all that mattered.

Bad move. Because when it comes to personal reputation, one must always give 100 percent 100 percent of the time. "Checking out" early can and will damage one’s reputation. Why? Because eventually these two will move on again and when the next prospective employer is asking for references, that "checking out" manuever will weigh heavily in any comments.

When it comes to one’s reputation, you can check out. But you can never leave.

6 thoughts on “You Can Check Out, But You Can Never Leave

  1. You are 100 percent correct. I’ve labored for these types of managers in past lives. Clearly, employee loyalty has to be earned by a manangement that stays actively involved and cares about the welfare of its employees.

  2. I have a question for Mr. Rep and the loyal readers. If someone never actually checks in, is it really possibly to check out early? I think corporate America foolishly believes that many employees give a damn about their job all while upper management takes home the big paycheck leaving the worker bees to do the work and live paycheck to paycheck. It might be time for managament to take a close look at themselves in the mirror and more importantly review each other and see if a siesta is their hardest part of the day. Too often, upper management, partnerships, etc are determined by past acts and aren’t reviewed often enough on a “what have you done lately” criteria. It could be that upper management checks out as well but somehow still has use of the hotel’s facilities until they physically check out-if they ever do.

  3. When the owner checks out.

    On his blog RepMan, Steve Cody makes an excellent point about how an employee should note check out before they actually leave a company. It made me realize that I certainly am guilty of this…

  4. Great Point, Steve. However, I would point out that many employees probably do this b/c they view they job as just that, a job. Having been in the employee dugout, and now in the “owners box” I would say that corporate America needs to value its employees and make them feel a part of the team as opposed to members of spring training roster. Your thoughts?