As a Business Leader, Aim to Celebrate Every Leaver

Many companies commonly announce new recruits -welcome new staff on internal platforms, newsletters and even write up a press release depending on the position and personal brand of the person. So, celebrating new recruits is an accepted practice, what is not is celebrating leavers.

We accept that it is inevitable that employees will come and go, some after six months, others after decades, and for many different reasons, poor cultural fit, lifestyle change, career change, or a new challenge, retirement etc. When an employee leaves, companies focus on the formalities such as the exit interview but very rarely on the human angle.

We at Pathway Group since around 2012 have been openly celebrating someone’s last day with us, this used to be a smaller individual thing before where the team members closely working with the individual would on an induvial basis get a card, a gift and potential take a lunch together. We have moved from this informal loosely planned exit to something that as a business we encourage to Thank them for everything they did, and, of course, wish them good luck.

Many companies commonly announce new recruits -welcome new staff on internal platforms, newsletters and even write up a press release depending on the position and personal brand of the person. So, celebrating new recruits is an accepted practice, what is not is celebrating leavers.

We accept that it is inevitable that employees will come and go, some after six months, others after decades, and for many different reasons, poor cultural fit, lifestyle change, career change, or a new challenge, retirement etc. When an employee leaves, companies focus on the formalities such as the exit interview but very rarely on the human angle.

We at Pathway Group since around 2012 have been openly celebrating someone’s last day with us, this used to be a smaller individual thing before where the team members closely working with the individual would on an induvial basis get a card, a gift and potential take a lunch together. We have moved from this informal loosely planned exit to something that as a business we encourage to Thank them for everything they did, and, of course, wish them good luck.

Does your workplace celebrate when someone leaves and what would you ideally want when you eventually leave?

Safaraz

p.s We recently had Cathy Kubiak leave the nest and we paid her a public tribute in the form of a “best bits” video shared with you above and also some social postings alongside the normal group gifts and parties — take a look at our celebration of Cathy Kubiak here: https://pathwaygroup.co.uk/thank-you-cathy-kubiak/

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Safaraz Ali

Safaraz Ali

Author of CannyBites business books,host of Canny Conversations Podcast. Founder of BAME Apprenticeship Awards & Skills provider @PathwayGroup #diversity #DEI