Kevin Chou over on LinkedIn Pulse has a wonderful post about how to say goodbye to an employee who is leaving for a position at another company.
“As founding CEO of Kabam, I take a certain pride in saying goodbye to my employees. But not in a Donald Trump-like “You’re Fired!” way.
When I do my job right, Kabam employees rapidly grow their skills and advance their careers. An unfortunate bi-product is Kabam employees also rise to A-list status with industry recruiters. Retaining high performers is almost as difficult as hiring them in the first place, and sometimes we lose people to other companies. When that happens, saying goodbye is bittersweet. I don’t like to lose valued employees, but I am proud to have given them the opportunity to grow in their careers and become even more marketable.”
Kevin’s words echo the sentiment of a good client and good friend of mine. About 15 years ago, he said to me:
“Being a good manager is a lot like being a good parent. A good parent spends time with their child preparing them for the future. They teach them, challenge them and help that child to grow. And at some point, the child will “leave the nest” and venture forth into the world. While the parent will obviously has some degree of sadness when their child leaves – no good parent would ever attempt to stop the child from leaving. Instead the parent will possess a sense of pride in the future success of that child and rightfully feel that they have helped play a role in their future success.
Good managers should act the same way.”
Sage advice indeed….