Today was definitely Friday the 13th.
I don’t post about the office on this weblog very often, but today was just one of those days. I’m a sales manager at work, and today, my “star performer” told me she had been offered a job at another company.
That means she’s leaving.
Ugh… can’t tell you how hard that hit me.
You see, I’ve been trying to build a new business around online advertising sales for my company for the past year and a half, and I’ve spent a lot of time teaching, training, and learning. I’ve really put a lot into getting my “star performer” to the level that she’s at right now. When I started at the office, this person was pretty green. I had to mold her into the sales person I needed her to be, and she took it well. Very well, and she’s become successful.
This year, my company gave her an award for improving so much. That made me feel very good about what I was doing and where we were heading.
Then, today, she tells me she’s leaving.
As her friend, I can’t help but be happy for her, and excited about her opportunities… but as her boss, I can’t help but feel overwhelmed and stressed about the pressure this will put on top of all of the rest of the pressure I’ve put myself under trying to build this new part of our business.
We’ll get buy without this “star performer” but this sets up back a step or two for the immediate future.
I’ll post a note on Monday about the opening I need to fill, but, if you know someone in Austin that wants to sell online advertising at a local media company, please send me their resume.