Prepare for Employee Departures

As employees learn, grow, and develop, they may choose to leave your company to advance their career paths. But sometimes leaving isn’t a choice; you may need to make staffing changes for any number of reasons (e.g. financial difficulties, employee performance issues, labour restructuring)


Regardless of the reason, an employee’s departure should be managed with respect and professionalism in order to minimize disruption within the work environment and avoid potential costly legal and financial liabilities.

Plan for Employee Departure Scenarios


Carefully consider termination options (with/without just cause) and risks. Review performance management documentation, employment contracts, and other information to make an informed decision.


Voluntary terminations Request and acknowledge all voluntary terminations (resignations) in writing (e.g. email or text)


Be aware of employer and employee legal rights and responsibilities regarding terminations, layoffs, recalls and resignations.


Plan final meetings in advance – Location, attendees, script (keep it brief). Document the discussion and determine how you will advise remaining employees of the departure.

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