• Aryeh Brickner

Why good managers often encourage employees to leave!

Updated: Jul 10, 2019

Imagine the following scenario: A top performer walked into your office and says, “Can we talk for a minute.” Often, they’ve come to tell you that they have an amazing job offer which they are thinking about taking. Your mind is now racing. Do you match the offer by offering more responsibility or money? Do you guilt them into staying?

There are a lot of facets to this scenario and each situation will be unique. However, in general, I think it’s often a good idea to wish this person the best of luck and send them on their way as opposed to trying in some fashion to persuade them to stay.

So, why let an employee leave for another job?

1. Turnover can be good. Even if it’s a top performer, pumping fresh blood into a team can help reinvigorate it

2. It can create positive PR. It’s a small world, and if someone leaves a company with a positive happy feeling they can be a great ambassador for that company. So, if you think this person already has two feet out the door and all you’re going to do is try and dissuade him or her by making them feel guilty, save the speech and think about the potential damage you can do.

3. They might just come back in the future. When you allow an employee to grow, develop, flourish, even if it’s with another company, they will certainly remember you and the company extremely fondly. Who know, one day they may decide to come back.

4. It shows your team that you really care about their development. Employees talk, and often they talk a lot. Surely this one will talk about how this have this amazing opportunity somewhere and you were genuinely happy for them to pursue it.

Be sure to send them off on a high note. If they are already leaving, there’s no need to make jokes about how they are abandoning you or the company or shut them out somehow because you take personal offense at their departure.

One of a manager’s responsibilities is to assist their employees in personal and career growth. To stymie that growth for selfish reasons, is simply selfish.

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