594 - The Relationship Isn’t Over
Episode Title: The Relationship Isn’t Over
When someone quits, is that the end of their relationship with the company? Here’s why it doesn’t have to be, next on The Perna Syndicate.
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Hello and welcome to The Perna Syndicate today! Any time an employee leaves for a different opportunity, there’s always the possibility of hard feelings. But with today’s talent shortage, companies need to take a longer view when someone hands in their resignation. This simply means that when an employee leaves, the relationship doesn’t have to be over.
To stay top of mind with former employees, companies are now implementing strategies like alumni groups on Facebook and LinkedIn. Some use an email sequence to stay in touch, while others are also scheduling career check-in calls with former employees after a few months, just to say hi and see how things are going.
The idea here is to gracefully exit employees and leave the door wide open to come back. A smooth, drama-free exit, coupled with ongoing positive engagement after they leave, can make former employees feel comfortable coming back if things don’t work out. In other words, don’t burn your bridges. Instead, keep building them.
And this goes for both the company and the individual employee. Even if your emotions are running high, it’s always best to leave on a positive note. You owe it to yourself as a professional, if nothing else. And it might just help you in the future to leave those bridges unburned.
As things continue to change in the workplace, one thing that remains the same is the value of relationships. They shouldn’t end even when formal employment does.
Tomorrow: Rehiring employees can be great, but even better is keeping them in the first place. Join me on the next episode of The Perna Syndicate for more on that. We’ll see you then!