It can be very difficult when a top employee leaves the company. You may have mixed emotions. Certainly you want to wish them good luck in their future endeavors, but at the same time you want them to stay.
Either way, employees coming and going is a natural part of business. In fact, 2.5 million Americans quit their jobs each month.
Here are some insights we would like to share on this topic. Enjoy!
1. Change Is Hard
Let’s face it; most people do not like change. When losing a top employee, the timing is never right. It can be upsetting, stressful and logistically overwhelming. In that way, one employee leaving can have an impact on the entire company. Morale and productivity may suffer, as employees are forced to step it up, pick up the slack, and shuffle responsibilities. Act quickly and make sure delegation is determined fairly.
2. Bonds Are Broken
Losing a top employee not only affects us professionally, but it can have a big effect on us personally as well. In the workplace it is nearly impossible not to form bonds with fellow co-workers. It is hard to go from seeing someone every day to not seeing them at all. The dynamic in the office changes and teamwork is disrupted.
3. See the Positives
When a top employee leaves we encourage you to view the positives. There are some, we promise! As wonderful as your top employee was, a new employee can be like a breath of fresh air. They can bring new ideas, creativity, and improved efficiency. You never know the influence they may have on the organization. They might take your company to the next level.
Though it may be difficult to say goodbye to a great fellow employee, remember that they are moving on for a reason. Something inside them told them it was time to leave, and they are following their dreams.
It is okay to show your disappointment regarding them leaving, but be happy for them and offer congratulations. This was probably not an easy decision for them to make, so be supportive. After all, wouldn’t you want them to do the same for you?
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