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Today I had brunch with a friend who works for a former employer. I was in the same team, reporting to the same clueless manager.

Since leaving, I’ve tried to understand (with the perspective of some distance) how the job went sideways so quickly, why the company allows the manager to continue burning money, and why my ex-colleagues put up with all of it.

The last question is the most vexing. These are good people who could get jobs anywhere. Hot tech economy, hot local economy, great skills… All of them except one have prior work experience so they know the delta between the team and the real world. I had conversations before I left in which the situation’s shortcomings were tacitly acknowledged.

Why do people stay when there are better experiences to be had? I don’t get it. YOLO, folks.