Grace and Grit When Offboarding Employees: The C- Suite Responsibility

Leadership challenge

An Executive Leadership Forum

WAS HELD: Thursday, June 3, 2021, 9:00–10:30 a.m. CST

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The idea of an organization making a great first impression, setting the stage for the entirety of a prospective employee’s tenure, is critically important. But what if the impact an organization makes when an employee departs was just as powerful?

A Harvard Business Review article recently stated, “Organizations spend a great deal of time and resources bringing new hires aboard and retaining employees, but very little effort and few resources go toward offboarding”. Offboarding is the last opportunity for your organization to show employees value. Offboarded employees can be our best advertisement or our greatest detractors. How they perceive your company, especially in their final days, will be shared with friends, family and even strangers on the internet. In addition, the manner in which an organization treats exiting workers is watched by other employees.

In this Executive Leadership Forum, we will hear from companies who “did it right” – honoring and supporting those being offboarded, while living up to their corporate values. We will discuss the planning process, how offboarding is more than just compliance, risk mitigation and implementing exits in a manner that results in people looking back at their tenure with positive feelings rather than devastation. Additionally, we will explore what C-Suite leaders should do a year before they exit their position in order to leave the company and culture strong and moving forward.

Panel Presenters:

Amy Hartman, MPA, BA
Human Investments
Credit Human, A Federal Credit Union

John F. Barnes IV, MBA, SPHR Vice
President of Human Resources and Learning
BioBridge Global

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