Learning From Exit Interviews

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It’s always tough when people leave, particularly those who have added a significant amount to the team or business. But it is essential to understand that it’s a normal part of everyday business and to not take it personally. Exit interviews are a fantastic opportunity to learn from a departing staff member. Here are 5 things to keep in mind during this process:

 

1. Knowledge Transfer

First and foremost you need to ensure you’re getting a proper handover from a former employee before they leave. Not doing so is quite risky as once someone leaves a company I’m pretty sure they won’t want nor expect a call from you asking where a file was saved or who was looking after the new account. So make the meeting count and take as much time as is needed in order to get the information transferred safely.

 

2. Uncovering Internal Issues

Like it or not, no company is perfect and your employee may be leaving due to internal issues in the company. Maybe there has been a lot of change? Maybe certain staff members are causing problems and this has led to low morale. Maybe the training isn’t up to scratch? Or people are working too hard? Or maybe there’s not enough work? What better way to find out than from someone who’s leaving. They won’t hold back and if you want to get to the bottom of things this is your chance to get to the root of problems.

 

3. Get Insight into Managers’ Leadership Styles

This meeting is also a good idea to get an insight into various managers’ leadership styles. This will give you a better  idea of how your company runs, who people seem to like and don’t like. This isn’t a gossip session but a learning Q&A exercise.

 

4. Benchmarking Exercise

Make sure you find out what your leaver has been offered that clinched the deal for them. Whatever the reasons for leaving, get as much information as you can on the benefits your competitors are offering. This information is invaluable.

 

5. Treat Departing Employees with Gratitude

The way you treat someone when they are leaving is really important. Former employees are ambassadors for your brand and there is always a chance that a former employee could one day be your client. Keep this in mind next time someone leaves.

 

Marina Morrissey

Interview Guide For Employers