You’re feeling good!
You have a full team. No vacant positions – yippee! Not only that, they’re all trained up, they get on together and work well. When you think of what you’ve achieved together you’re overcome with pride.
Then the unthinkable happens. One of them hands in their notice, they’ve decided they need to move on.
Your smooth running dream team won’t be that for much longer.
Why does this hurt?!
When you invest time and effort into bringing people on, it’s easy to feel hurt when someone decides to leave. Depending on how long someone’s been with you, you may have formed really close, solid working relationships. Don’t take it personally! The pain eases when you think like this. Be objective about the situation.
It might also help to put yourself in their position. There may be good reasons and opportunities for moving on, and they may have nothing to do with you (imagine that!). Remember the last time you moved jobs and how exciting it was; you were in their shoes once.
And besides, you still have a team to run, and now, a position to fill.
Leaving in style
From the time that someone hands in their notice there should be a clear procedure to follow; one which allows for a smooth exit and little disruption of service to customers.
If it’s YOU who’s leaving the team then make sure to do it right.
You’ll make sure all the hand-over of tasks is complete before you leave; you’ll spend time personally saying good-bye to those who have helped and supported you and you’ll sing the praises of your team.
The legacy you leave
When you leave, you leave a legacy behind whether you intend to or not. You will leave an impression in the minds (and hearts) of those you’ve worked with. Years later when people ask ‘who was the best manager you ever had?’ you want your name to come to mind!
A challenge for you
Don’t wait ‘till you move on to think about what you’ll be leaving behind. Start thinking now about how you want to be thought of in your absence; is it as an inspirational leader, a proactive manager or something else? It’s never too early to start this … be the authentic manager people talk about now and in the future.