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Knowing when to leave/change your job, making yourself irreplaceable, and being vindictive AF (ft. Katie Sowers)

We landed an absolute dream guest on today's episode, but first Erika broke down the concept of attrition & how to handle it on both a management & employee level. If you don't know what attrition is, attrition is a process in which the workforce dwindles at a company, following a period in which a number of people retire or resign, and are not replaced. Attrition can also refer to a company losing its customer base, often as a result of older customers aging or moving on and fewer newer customers opting in

"People leave jobs of their own volition because of three things. 

  1. They don't like their boss. 
  2. They don't see opportunities for promotion or growth or 
  3. they're offered something better, which is usually more responsibility, higher pay or greater career trajectory. 

Job hunting, interestingly enough, is tied to your birthday. So job hunting jumps pretty substantially, double digit jump right before people's birthdays. So there's something about job change, as you think about your age, as you think about where you want to be in life, as you think about your progression, people naturally think about their careers. I'm all for that. I'm in my mid 40s. I think Barstool Sports is the first company I've ever stayed at this long. I've been here five years plus. Prior to Barstool Sports, I think I stayed at most companies, let's say two years max, some way less than that, some a little bit more than that. It was funny. I was talking to Frankie and Jordan and they were telling me that their parents are like, "you need to stay at a job longer. You need to hold down a job." It doesn't work that way anymore. I think people are now extremely opportunistic."

Then, we are joined by Katie Sowers. Katie was an American football coach in the National Football League, for the 49ers. She was the first openly gay and first female coach in Super Bowl history who began her American football career playing in the Women's Football Alliance. We have nothing but good things to say about Katie, and after this interview you'll want to run through a brick wall (in a good way). In this interview, Erika & Katie talk about her time with the 49ers, building a flag football program, and the lessons she's learned while teaching others.

"If you don't have a why that is internally motivated, you will never truly find happiness. If your why is constantly coming from external factors - how people view me, how much money I make, etc - that's not happiness. Happiness is what it's going to fuel you from inside. And that's going to keep you going every day."

Episode breakdown:

  • Work place attrition & progression: 2:00
  • Katie Sowers conversation: 18:30
  • Bet on girls segment: 46:30

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