What Should You Do When Your Top Talent Tries To Leave?

This video is coming to you from the airport while I await my flight to Malaysia for a speaking event. Something is still on my mind from the recent Future of Work Forum in Chicago I helped host. A topic that we discussed at the forum was what you should do when your top talent tries to leave your organization.

A lot of human resource and talent leaders think they should be able to keep people in their organizations but that’s impossible, short of physically forcing them to stay! Of course, you can do things that make your employees want to be with you longer, like designing employee experiences. But what it all really comes down to is that you need to accept the fact that you can’t keep employees forever. Come to terms with letting them go and do your best to keep the relationship with them open, especially if they are great employees.

You can even maintain a relationship with talent that is leaving by helping them leave! Give advice and recommendations. Continue to coach them through the transition. You should want them to be successful even after they leave your organization for many reasons. They may eventually want to come back, they will have positive things to say about your company to others, and the opportunity to collaborate with them may arise one day. I’ve seen referrals and partnerships generated like this in the past. So support and mentor the employees who are leaving. Do whatever you can to assure that their next role in the work force is even more successful.

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Jacob Morgan is a speaker, author and cofounder of The Future of Work Community. Subscribe to his newsletter or visit TheFutureOrganization.