What to Do When You Lose a Key Member of Staff (Including Yourself)

What to Do When You Lose a Key Member of Staff (Including Yourself)

If you have employees or contractors that work with you in your business, there will come a time that either someone leaves willingly, or someone leaves unwillingly. People find other opportunities and sadly people get sick, or you must let them go. That’s how life is.

Your business is no different. In fact, you may find someday that you can no longer perform the duties you’ve always done, for a variety of reasons, and you’ll have to find a way around it. Luckily, if you plan well you can avoid a disaster from happening and keep work going regardless.

Wish the Person Well

If you lose a key member of your staff because they’re moving on to new opportunities, thank them and wish them well. Hopefully, you’ve been given a chance to find a replacement with a two-week notice. Use that time to conduct an exit interview so that you can make the position better for the next person.

Tell Those Affected by the Change

If this change affects anyone, from other staff to customers, it’s imperative that you announce the results quickly instead of taking your time. The sooner people know, the less likely they are to be worried. You can also mitigate concerns by being open and transparent.

Get Recommendations for a Replacement

Sometimes the person leaving knows other people who may want the position, so ask them. If that’s not the case, when you announce that the staff member is leaving, mention the job opening and the unusual opportunity right away.

Study What Went Wrong

If someone leaves due to stress or another issue, you may want to figure out what went wrong so that you can make your place of business more attractive to workers who will stay long term.

Communicate the Departure or Issue ASAP

If you are the one who has to leave for some reason (even though it’s your own business), if you can recommend someone to replace you to your customers, they’ll be very appreciative. If someone else is going to do the work in your place through your business like nothing happened, let them know that too.

Don’t Place All Your Eggs in One Basket

You can prevent problems with losing staff if you have redundancies in place. It depends on how you run your business but if you have an office, train someone to take over for that other person when they’re sick or out of the office. That person can then be put in that position temporarily until you find someone, or they can be promoted. If you hire contractors, consider hiring more than one for each project and have each do only a small portion that can easily be handed off to someone else should they leave.

Document the Work Steps

If you do a lot of work for your business outside of management and planning, consider documenting all that you do so that it can be easily given to someone else to do. That way, when you’re ready to leave or if you get sick, you can hand off work to due to the step-by-step directions.

Set Up Redundancies

One way to deal with losing staff is not to hire one person for each project. For example, if you’re an author who retains editors, employ more than one – for example, one editor works part-time while another works full time. That way, the part-time person already knows what to do and can be called on if you have more work for them to do.

Systemize and Automate

The more things that can be finished using technology, the better for the stability of your business. Try to systemize and automate everything that you can instead of hiring staff to do it. That way you won’t be dealing with this issue for everything.

Hopefully, if you act on these suggestions, you won’t be caught off guard by someone leaving unexpectedly or lose your business if you must be away from it for a while. In most cases, you can keep on going without a glitch if you plan for contingencies while things are going well.

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How Happy Are You? – Questions to Ask Yourself

How Happy Are You? – Questions to Ask Yourself

A desire to be happy is something that almost everyone has in common. But it is not always easy to create happiness, nor to decide whether you are happy once you feel you should be in this particular state of mind. Every life will have ups and downs, and so it is helpful if we have a gauge by which to judge whether we have achieved happiness or not.

Do I Wake Up Excited about the Day?

This is a tell-tale sign about your inner happiness. Do you wake up each morning ready to face the day, or do you feel anxious and fearful? It is difficult to be happy if you are starting off each morning in a negative way.

Do I Look Forward to My Main Occupation?

Whether you are working, attending school, or doing something else… you should feel a sense of anticipation when you think about being there. There are certain things we must do, like pay the rent, so your decision to work may not be an option. You do, however, have an option as to where you work. If you don’t like it, change it.

Do I Enjoy the People I Spend Most of My Time With?

The people you spend the majority of your time with are the people who will have the greatest influence on you. If they are bitter, discouraging and lack motivation, chances are that you eventually will become the same type of person. If your friends are not uplifting, find new ones. Spend your extra time with those who will cause your life to be more joyful, and will help you create positive memories that will bring long-term happiness.

Do I Like Who I Am?

A key component to happiness is liking and loving yourself for who you are. If you don’t, then you need to figure out why. Make necessary changes, and then choose to love yourself despite your flaws.

Do I Dread or Look Forward to My Future?

Happiness includes feeling confident and secure about your future. We live in uncertain times, but that doesn’t mean that we have to live every day in fear. Grow your confidence in small ways, and consider counselling if you feel more than occasional stress when you think about the future ahead.

Do I Know My Life Purpose?

Everyone has a life purpose. There is something about you that makes you a unique gift to the world. If you have not discovered this about yourself yet, your self-esteem will suffer, as will your happiness. There are many questionnaires and books dedicated to discovering your life purpose. Consider investing your time to learn more and find what makes you feel most fulfilled in life.

Being happy is not a frivolous desire. It is important to know how you are wired and what it takes to be happy with yourself and your life. By asking yourself these questions and then taking a moment to think about your answers, you will be well on your way to a life of true happiness.

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