When someone is leaving your company, it can seem counter-intuitive to invest as much time into the off-boarding process as it does with your on-boarding process. But here are some reasons why it’s mutually beneficial for you.
Maintains your culture
If your employee who is leaving doesn’t feel like they are now a separate entity while they are still working for you, you are maintaining morale. When someone leaves everyone does a mental check to see if they are happy where they are and if you are treating the employee as an afterthought, others may wonder how you truly value them. If however, you keep everything civil and include all your employees in relevant projects, you minimise the risks of other employees jumping ship.
Smoothens on-boarding process
Chances are you will now have to replace this employee. If you don’t treat them well, your employee who is leaving will more than likely only do the minimum work required for a handover. If they feel you are doing all you can to make this as easy as possible for them, they will more than likely reciprocate it and make sure the handover is more in depth.
People leave jobs for a variety of reasons and so it should not always be a reflection on your team or company when someone leaves. If you treat these employees with respect and wish them the best of luck in their careers, they will probably become your best ambassadors. They can refer other candidates to your team or might even come back in the future with more skills than before.
These are some of the reasons we need to look at the off-boarding process as much as the on-boarding process. It can be the difference between having a stellar team or a sinking ship.
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