The beatings will continue...
I once worked for a badly managed division of a company, which had just burnt itself out in the process of getting a project out the door.
Said project was hugely late, buggy as hell, missing most of the promised features, and the company had gone millions over budget between the overrun and the extra overtime, but it was done.
And so, quite a few people decided that it was time to move on.
Oddly, this caused a bit of panic at the higher management levels, not least because it was becoming clear just how ramshackle the new system was, and how much this brain-drain would affect their ability to keep it working.
And so, we were told that they'd be changing our contracts from a 1-month to a 3-month notice period.
Naturally, this was spun as a positive for the employees, since it meant that we'd have a longer notice period if the company decided to let us go. But it was pretty clear that this was an attempt to make it harder for people to jump ship, since any potential new employers would then have to wait much longer before engaging your services.
It's therefore perhaps not too surprising that the rate of brain-drain actually increased in the interim between this announcement and the new contracts coming into force...
Conversely, when similar happened at another company at the tail-end of the Covid lockdown, they took a look at why people were leaving and took steps to try and address the issues, including a pay review to bring everyone up to current market rates, which had risen significantly over the last few years. Which gave some people a literally life-changing boost!
And a year or so down the line, no-one's upped and left...