Burning bridges behind you is understandable. It’s the bridges before us that we burn, not realizing we may need to cross, that brings regret. – Anthony Liccione
As aggrieved employees, you can get so focused on your getting payouts, revenging and proving your adversary wrong, that you destroy other relationships in the process.
Payouts don’t last a lifetime. In a global village, positive relationships, are a currency. You never know when a human being would be in a position to help or hinder your journey. At the very least, if they hinder it, let it not be as a result of the ammunition you have given them by exposing unsavoury character traits in your battles.
Leave situations as much as possible having demonstrated the highest level of integrity, honesty, emotional intelligence, professionalism and respect even through a difficult fight for your rights. Your reputation must precede you positively. An ex employee with a virtuous character is a worthwhile and admirable adversary even if you lose as an employer. People observing will be great ambassadors for your onward journey. This is why we say, “Your reputation precedes you”.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. – John Wooden