Depending on the type business you have, you may be quite dependent on certain employees. It’s a great thing to have good employees, yet the more invaluable a person becomes to the daily operation of your business, the more difficult it will be when or if that person decides to seek other employment. It can be hard to tell a good employee goodbye, but it is incredibly important to be ready for major personnel changes on short notice.
It’s important to value the contribution that your employees make to your business, but it is equally important not to become complacent. No matter how many years a highly valued and critical employee has worked for you, he or she could leave for a different opportunity at any time. It is great to rely on the contributions that your employees make on a daily basis, but your business should be able to get back on track quickly and thrive, even after unfortunate personnel changes.
When you find yourself surprised by the loss of a valuable employee, you may feel overwhelmed, but now is not the time to act impulsively. You must move quickly and make decisions regarding how to fill in the gaps, but emotional decisions are not healthy or good for the long-term health of your business. You have to make thoughtful decisions, but you have to be able to make them promptly and efficiently. Big changes in personnel require big action on your part–analyze, listen, seek advice and take action.
Take care of your people, but be ready to move forward even without some of the most valuable members of your team. Your company is bigger than just one employee, even a critical employee. It may feel like a costly, even insurmountable loss, but it is possible to keep moving in a positive direction, despite this unexpected speed bump.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC