Monday, January 31, 2011
My old boss keeps calling me..
I wanted to share one of the questions I read recently. A former employee asked, "How long do I help my former boss?" I thought I would share the response because it is actually a question I am hearing more and more from dislocated workers.
It turns out that four months after leaving a job, this former employee was still being contacted by her old boss or his secretary with questions about day to day operations. Not only was the former employee a little upset that she was still being called months after leaving, she was feeling a little bit harassed when her former boss called her on a Saturday evening asking for a report. The bottom line question - How long should I wait before I can tell my former boss not to call me anymore?
The abbreviated version of the JobDoc's answer was that a former manager should no longer have expectations that former employees need to help them find things, or support their efforts. However, a former employee may find that being supportive of the company's efforts could earn them long term rewards, such as a professional reference or a potential re-hire opportunity later.
JobDoc also gave advice on how to transition from a company so that there is no reason for these kinds of follow up calls.
Of course we don't want to burn our bridges, but former bosses need to be mindful as well when employees have moved on.
You can read the full response here.