The Keepers Test Managers Use:
“Which of my people, if they told me they were leaving in two months for a similar job at a peer company, would I fight hard to keep at Netflix?”Then on slide 29 they say:
The other people should get a generous severance now, so we can open a slot to try to find a star for that role.
Once again, if it functions as it should (and I’m sure they will claim that they do) then great. But is it really happening that way? Are managers really choosing to keep the best performing employees even if they perform differently from themselves? Managers have a tendency to like/prefer those individuals who are most like themselves (as do co-workers with other co-workers). They do not tend to prefer (and would probably not “fight hard to keep”) the unsocial types that might get the work done but are different to be around or who don’t go to the company picnics or who don’t play the politics or who are quirky, different, or just don’t fit in.
On the very next slide, slide 30, they say:
To avoid surprises, you should periodically ask your manager: “If I told you I were leaving, how hard would you work to change my mind to stay at Netflix?”
REALLY? If I went and interviewed employees, how many would tell me they’ve actually done this? What about managers? How many managers would tell me that they’ve been asked this question and have told the employees “No?” Besides, if the managers were really living by the rule on slide 28, wouldn’t they have already eliminated everyone that they wouldn’t “fight” for, making slide 30 irrelevant? What if I interviewed people that were given generous severance packages…would they say they did this and their managers were honest with them? Did they see it coming? Would be interesting to know, wouldn’t it?
Ask yourself this, “is this the type of culture you’re looking for?” It might work for some, but to me it screams politics. It says to me; make sure your manager really likes you because no matter WHAT people say, research has proven time and time again that objectivity when it comes to subordinates is a rare thing to come by.