What will you miss most when your best employee leaves?


Many things I suspect. This is a question that has been on my mind for some time.

Especially when I am helping people with their job searches.

The answer though I believe is not obvious.

I found this out because it happened to me so I pass it on.

I asked that question to a couple of CEO’s that I had worked for. I asked them what will you miss most about me when I am gone?

And they said this.

“You always had the courage to ask the simple questions that we had forgotten to ask ourselves about our business and became afraid to ask because they sounded stupid or silly or awkward to ask in senior level conversations.”

“It was those questions thought that reminded us of whether we really were staying on course or holding on to what we were in business for.”

I remind myself of this often because I suspect there are many great employees out there who are scared to ask the simple question for fear of being ridiculed and laughed at.

It is a truism to say that there never was a stupid question….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About HRMexplorer

Managing Director - Human Capital Europe and USA - My ability is to recognize ingrained assumptions and patterns of operation that aren’t productive, and offer practical, cost-effective and value-based solutions.

Posted on March 30, 2013, in HRMexplorer Blogs and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Peter I have several great employees and would miss something different about each of them. I try to tell them often about their strengths and how I appreciate them, hopefully they will know what will be missed. But I hope when the time comes, if it does, I will be able to tell them so they can take it with them. My last employee who left I wrote her a letter and she said she would always treasure it.

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