A lot of time and money can be spent on a range of things that might impact quality of life at work, writes John Campbell, but it seems that when people make decisions to stay or leave, the relationship they have with their immediate manager is one of the main factors influencing this decision.
(dead link) People leave managers, not companies (http://www.ssa.org.au/magazine/pdf/2005/08/busmgt_1_200508.pdf)
Q: If you’ve ever stopped blogging for a long period of time, or abandonded a blog, why did you?
I started the blog at the beginning of February 2005. Eleven posts and thirty days later I stopped and didn’t write another post for over a year. What was going through my head when I decided to quit? There was a little bit of “What do I know and who would want to read it?”, definitely. And I think I found the freedom of it very appealing on paper but scary in practice. I had worked for years as a writer, doing tech docs and marketing stuff. I was used to going through multiple drafts and reviews before publishing anything. A direct channel to the world made me feel sort of naked and unprotected. But eventually I started it up again because I felt like I was missing out on connecting with interesting people who were interested in some of the same stuff I was. This turned out to be absolutely true.