Although the world seems like a very big place, it actually is small. When leaving a job or ending a business relationship, or any other relationship and fellowship for that matter, it is best not to burn bridges. We never know when our paths might cross again.
I am amazed at people who do exit interviews when leaving a company and they flame their manager or even the company. When the time comes for the person leaving to get a reference it is doubtful they will receive one.
Although we may think that when we leave a company we will never have to see those people again. That isn't a guarantee in this day and age. People change jobs and the person that we burnt a bridge with might end up being our potential manager at another company. I have even seen such things happen within the same company where someone burnt a bridge as they were moving to another organization only to find their victim sitting in the boss's chair months later.
Not everyone has to be our best friend, but that doesn't mean we have to make enemies of them either. It is best to keep things professional and show respect and never say anything that you will regret later. You never know when you might need to cross that bridge again.
Make it a habit not to burn bridges. We just never know when we might need a reference, support or even a job. If we keep business relationships on a professional level, our bridges will be there when we need them.
Don't forget the importance of bridge maintenance either. Keeping up with the people we know is important. A telephone call, email or letter once in a while will keep the bridge open. We never know when we might need a favour and we don't want to have to remind the person of who we are.
This week call someone you haven't talked to in a long while. This will keep the lines of communication open and the relationship alive.
It is self defeating backstabbing anyone because you never got your way, Joseph never did and was rewarded, Genesis 40, 41, 45
He that needs friends must cultivate friendly disposition…..Proverbs 18: 24