A reason why people quit – lack of network

I’m not here to argue all of the reasons why people quit, just one theory as to why people quit.  The other day, I had dinner with a friend of mine.  This friend is really more of a mentor.  I learn a lot from meeting with him.  He knows quite a bit of tech folks in the bay area.  He grew up in the bay area, worked with a lot of people at major companies and startups, and has a good reputation.  Well one day, I thought maybe my “mentor” should meet another friend that I know because they’re both part of the same association, but haven’t met each other yet.  Later, I arranged a lunch, my two friends met and now they’re off golfing some Saturday together without me of course hahaha.

The next day, I had come to some realization that people are attracted to my mentor because the value of his network.  What I enjoy is that he knows a lot of people and tells great stories about his adventures.  So what does this have to do with why people quit?

Well, I know people at work who are so entrenched with the network of their colleagues and executives that they wouldn’t even think about quitting.  These people are well taken care of by quote unquote boys club (could be girls club too).

So then, could the opposite be true?  Could a person quit because the value of his work network is too low?  A person who does not have a lot of strong relationships with colleagues and executives, a person who does not know how to navigate through the corporate waters without someone watching out for him.

I argue that this person is likely to quit because he doesn’t feel loved.  He is less likely to get the awesome career opportunities or get recognized by those above him.  All of this because he does not belong to a club (aka strong work network).  Don’t we all want to feel that we belong?

Sophia Perl

Sophia Perl is a product manager for a database tool at IBM. She has over 10 years of software development and management experience. Sophia holds a BS in Computer Science from University of Southern California and an MBA from University of California at Davis. She is the creator of iPhone apps PicPredict and Eventabulous.

3 thoughts on “A reason why people quit – lack of network

  1. I been working with and in start-ups for 15+ years. The reasons I see people quit is basically when reality meets expectations.
    (1) They never really get started because they expect it to be easy to get a start-up launched. They have a product idea, they present it to 1-3 people/investors, they don’t get the funding, and they give up. In Silicon Valley, most would-be entrepreneurs believe that starting a company cannot be done without investors. I heard the other day that only 60% of IPOs in recent decades were investor-backed, which means alot of companies are self-funded or bootstrapped.
    (2) They develop a prototype without any customer input. When they inveil it to customers, customers don’t fall immediately in love with their product concept. Many are reluctabt to change their product concept, holding fast to the original idea. When customers don’t buy-in, they quit before they are willing to change.

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