It can be really tough when employees resign – when they suddenly quit their job. Especially if he or she is one of your key employees…
When employees resign their job …
“Sorry boss, I resign!”
“I am no longer with this company. This is my resignation!”
Waoh! That can be very emotional. As a manager you feel suddenly like riding the roller coaster – downwards.
Immediately after you hear the bad news, you normally ask yourself
“Damned, Who will now take over his work? Who can replace him?”
“With her leaving, will we now loose our No. 1 customer?”
“How will we ever meet the important project deadline without him?“
Stay calm. Don’t panic. If you had a good relation with your employee he or she will seldom leave you in a total mess.
Even if: You’ll find a solution. Life goes on. Business goes on – even if it may become a little bumpy. There is a more important question to ask – and that is Why?
Why did he or she leave?
What is the reason? Does the reason have to do with you or your company? Was the employee unhappy with his or her position?
You may have heard the saying:
“Employees leave managers not companies.”
and there is a lot of truth in it. Lots of employees leave their jobs because they can’t stand their boss any longer or they feel exploited or they feel underpaid. But is does not necessarily have to do with you as the manager or leader.
Do you support your employees?
If you are a good leader you support your employees. You constantly try to help them in their personal development. So the reason for leaving might be that your employee sees a great chance to develop further outside your company.
If you really care and support your employees in their personal development then you need to let them go without being angry or depressed.
Ask for feedback!
When someone quits first ask yourself what might be the reason? Hopefully you have a good relation with your employees. Then you have a fair chance to get an honest feedback. Just ask him or her. Try to figure out what the real reason for leaving is.
If it is your management style think about if and what you need to improve or change.
Does your employee leave because you or your company cannot offer him the next step of his career or the next level in his personal development? Well than you should be happy for him that he found this step somewhere else.
Take care that you support him in his new direction outside your company. That is also your task as a true leader.