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Why you should engage departing employees

Managers know that engaged employees tend to perform better and stay with their employer longer.

Managers know that engaged employees tend to perform better and stay with their employer longer. However, when workers are about to be let go or change jobs, supervisors often cease to be concerned about keeping them engaged, the Harvard Business Review (HBR) blog observed. These employees are therefore less likely to be invested in their work.

Because departing employees can have a big impact on their team members’ attitudes, it’s essential to make sure they stay positive for the remainder of their employment. One of the costs associated with turnover is the loss of the employee’s talent and time. In other words, colleagues might have to cover extra responsibilities until a replacement is hired and trained. Therefore, keeping the departing employee as motivated as possible can reduce the strain on other workers. HBR also noted that former employees can impact the reputation of a company, so it’s important to make sure they leave on good terms.

With turnover expected to rise in 2014, according to a CareerBuilder survey, it’s a good time to implement strategies for keeping morale high among all employees. Reward and recognition programs can help motivate and encourage workers for the entire duration of their employment.

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