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What to think when your best employee leaves?

What to think when your best employee leaves?

Even the best employees leave the greatest jobs, because at the end of the day it is their final decision and there is not much you can do about it. Some people leave for a higher salary offered elsewhere, others decide to live in a different country or continue their studies, whatever the reason might be you have to accept it, because it is not something that you can easily predict. Even though this might not have a huge impact in a large company environment, but for a small office it might be very stressful. Here are some things for you to consider if your employee decides to leave.

Nothing personal

If you are recruiting and hiring the best possible candidates, then don’t be surprised if, eventually, these employees are developing faster than the company itself. It is not something new or never-heard of, it is simply the reality. Employees that always strive for greatness, best results, or simply the maximum, will, eventually, start running out of tasks that challenge them. If you hesitate to offer them a higher position or more responsibilities, then it will only be a matter of time until they leave and go to a place that has something better to offer. Do not take it personally, because, first and foremost, everyone is trying to look out for themselves. Instead of feeling disappointed, be thankful. Be thankful and grateful for all of the effort and hard work that the employee gave to you and the company.

Reconnect with your employees

Even though employees can leave at any given moment, it does not mean that all of them are thinking about leaving. This is why it is important for you to try and strengthen the relationships between you and your employees. Your main goal is to make sure that your employees are happy, satisfied and motivated. Some companies have special lounge areas and foosball tables for employees, or cover employee’s lunch expenses. However, that might increase overall happiness, but building personal relationships is far more important. Try to remember, when was the last time you asked your employees about how they’re doing, or how their work is going for them? Strong connections and relationships with your employees are vital for success.

No one is irreplaceable

Of course, whenever you are hiring or recruiting people, you’re looking for the best of the best. However, one thing to keep in mind is that what if one of your current employees decides to leave tomorrow? Do you have anyone who could replace them right away? If not, then you have a problem. That is why you should try to keep people that are capable of doing more than one thing and people that are interested in more than just one specific field. No one is irreplaceable, just make sure you have people who can fill up the gap. 

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