Have you had the experience of working with an employee who becomes valuable to your company, not only through their own sense of responsibility and work ethic, but also because of what you have taught them to do and challenged them to accomplish? When someone like that leaves a small business, it can seem like a dark day. These staff members create value in whatever work they do and multiply that value in accordance with the training or teaching you have provided. When they leave, it changes the interface with customers/clients, changes the dynamic of the workplace and creates a shift in all of the work relationships. While it can difficult for those who remain, this isn’t always a bad thing.
An employee leaving because of a step up in a career or a great opportunity should go with your blessing and good wishes. Anything less than that would be small minded and would negate all of the good created in your previous working relationship. With the proper send off, that person becomes an ambassador for your business. He or she will likely continue to reflect the values and philosophy learned through working with you and will reflect the company culture you have created.
People evolve, businesses evolve, things change. It’s part of the life cycle of a business and, like any relationship, letting go without regret or rancour brings the greatest benefit.
And, hard to believe when you are experiencing it, often this is a change for the good. Someone new will be coming onboard and will bring new ideas and a fresh perspective that can be part of your own learning and development as a business owner.