I must have seen this picture / article a million times indicating why good employees leave. These are entertaining and share many truths but rarely consider that good people often want change or to do their own thing …
We recently lost a great team member; Stephan Swart. He was a coach, mobile application developer, & product owner at Pfortner. He’s also a friend. Stephan left Pfortner to start his own business. We all know he’ll make a huge success of it; he’s just that guy. You can connect and follow him here: https://za.linkedin.com/in/stephanswart
So sometimes the boss is a bummhole and deserves everyone abandoning the ship, waving him goodbye as he sinks beneath the waves of his self-centered existence and “always right attitude” to business. But sometimes good people move on … and that is their right.
We had to come to terms with this and here’s a few thoughts I humbly share for anyone interested:
- DON’T GET EMOTIONAL. It’s not personal and it’s not worth getting all worked up. Just treat the person with the dignity and respect they deserve not burning the bridge.
- FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS. The show must go on, so say your goodbyes and get to work finding a replacement if you don’t have one waiting in the wings.
- BE TRANSPARENT. Share the news with your team because no one likes these kind of rumours floating around or empty seat surprises.
- EXPECT A SURPRISE. A wholesome team steps up in challenging times and you might find a hidden gem putting their hand up and filling the gap.
So although those adages ring true – we hope to see more people from Pfortner (eventually) go on to greater heights or staring their own business. Keep in mind we reserve the first right to investment though …