From Jeremiah Owyang: At previous companies, I remember having to quietly sneak into back rooms, stepping outside, or making up an excuse I had to go to Dr’s appointments in order to go to job interviews. Why? There was a fear that if you let your management know that you were even thinking of interviewing you could be fired on the spot. Especially during a recession, that’s a complete danger, no one wants their job or families to be at risk.
So instead, I’d rather practice an open culture, that allows for the support of future career growth inside and outside of a company. In fact, I believe that after a team member puts in their appropriate time to master their role (an important requirement) and decides they want to move on, their colleagues should support them, be references for them, open doors for them, and even cheer them on as they go to the interview!