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What to do when your best employees leave

What To Do When Employees Leave You

Have you ever had a great employee leave?  I have.  It stung.  In fact, it happened to me more than once.

In my business I had several different types of employees.  I had office, production, and performance staff.  Each one took a special level of training and mentoring to bring them to the level that I needed them to be at in order to serve our clients.  I’ll never forget when my best video guy came in and told me he had taken another job.  I felt like I had been punched in the chest.

But he was unhappy.  His talents weren’t being utilized in our office, and I had him doing things he didn’t like (which, if you read yesterday’s article, is a big no-no).  In fact, I broke almost all of MY rules in hiring him.  I didn’t have the money (or a plan) to hire him, I didn’t have a strong job description, and he cost me way more than he brought in.  I was just impressed by his talent and wanted him to work for ME.  In retrospect, he could have found an awesome full time job, and I could have offered him a TON of freelance work.   But that didn’t change the fact that I did hire him and he did quit.

Two things happened when he quit… 1) I panicked and 2) I panicked some more.  I thought I would NEVER find anyone else like him.  We’re a small company!  I can’t survive without him!

Thankfully, it turns out I was wrong.  We did survive, and this employee and I stayed friends.  In fact, I was able to toss him a bunch of freelance work that he could choose whether or not he wanted to do it.  It was the best of both worlds.  The best news, he was able to find a job that he loved that paid twice what I was paying.  We have to remember that our employees are human.  If you had the opportunity to do something you loved and got paid twice as much, AND you got to stop doing things you didn’t like… well… wouldn’t you take that job in a heartbeat?  I would too.

Employees leave.  We can’t get around that.  But, if you spend a ridiculous amount of time in the hiring process, you’ll find that your team members will feel like they’ve EARNED the right to work for you.  If you’re lucky, they’ll leave less often.  When they do leave, treat them with kindness.  Throw them a party.  Show the rest of your team that you don’t have any hard feelings towards them.  Treat them as you would want to be treated.

Most importantly, have an exit interview with them.  Make them feel comfortable to open up about why they’re leaving.  Give them the opportunity to talk about things that you and the rest of your team need to improve on.  I’ve found that most people will keep that stuff to themselves until they’re not afraid of persecution.  Once they know they’re leaving, give them the opportunity to vent if need be.  But most of all, make it painless for them.

Good Luck!

Hiring The Right Employee For The JOB [posting the position]

I’ve already talked about making sure the person you hire is in love with your company and wants to be on your winning team, but one thing that is often overlooked is how you search for potential candidates, and how you post your positions. If you’ve made a name for yourself, people will want toContinue Reading

What to do when you find your employees not working

Confession:  This was my biggest problem of being a leader.  I would often leave my office and walk around to check on my employees to see what they were doing, only to find them messing around on tasks that had nothing to do with their job.  Sometimes they were doing things that were part ofContinue Reading

Finding/Hiring Employees Who Would Do Anything To Work For You

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Can you afford to hire a new employee?

This article is part of a series of articles entitled “If you’ve got bad employees, it’s probably your fault”. When I thought it was time for my company to grow, I was so blinded by my desire to start building a team that I didn’t consider all of the financial burdens that would come withContinue Reading

If you’ve got bad employees, you can only blame yourself

It was around 2005 that I decided that I needed someone to join me full time at my business.  I felt like I was burning the candle at both ends, and really needed help.   At the time I had several part time employees, but their help was only a few hours a week. OneContinue Reading