What should you do when a valued employee wants to leave?
Ensuring that employees are happy at their work is an important part of being a boss. Whether you do that through maintaining a positive working environment, incentives, just saying “hello” and “well done” when appropriate or all the above, making sure your staff are wanting to come into work every morning is positive for your business.
There comes a time for most employees, however, when they are going to leave. No matter how great their job is with you, life will intervene. It could be a non-work related matter, such as a change in family circumstance or a desire to live elsewhere, or there could be a career opportunity which would be foolish to reject.
Always maintain an honest and open relationship with your employees so that you will be the first to know if they are unhappy in their position or likely to leave. This will give you the opportunity to address any issues which may mean that they decide to stay with you.
However, once an employee has made the firm decision that they want to leave the business then retaining that employee is no longer good for you, them, nor your business.
Change is difficult, and losing a valued member of your team can be very hard, but by showing that you foster an environment of personal growth and are willing to help your employees improve in their own careers shows you to be a fine and caring employer – as well as giving you the opportunity to inject new blood into your team.
Perversely, by showing your staff how much you promote their personal achievements to the extent of encouraging them to leave when it is advantageous to them, you may find that they’ll choose to stay with you after all! And if not, then they will speak highly of you wherever they go.
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