Care to Zlatan? What to do when your top employee leaves you

Zlatan Ibrahimović. Arguably one of the best strikers ever to grace the game with a larger than life character. Loved by many, hated by others, here are a few quotes from the man himself.

“I can’t help but laugh at how perfect I am”

“We’re looking for an apartment. If we don’t find anything, then I’ll buy the hotel”

“When you buy me, you are buying a Ferrari”

Nobody can deny his quality on the field of play, and tonight marks his potential retirement from the National game when Sweden play Belgium.

So what will Sweden do. More importantly, what should you do if your star employee left you?

This is bound to happen at some stage in your organisation and the action you take depends on their reasoning. If you haven’t got a recruitment plan, we recommend you firstly check out this to begin to build one.

If the reasoning is a lack of progression, then maybe your employees don’t feel appreciated enough. Have you built a detailed succession plan and talked to your employees about their progression in the last 6 months? It is important to do so. If you have yet to build a plan then click here. You can also promote the position which has been vacated internally by following your succession plan.

The above can be linked to money. If this is the case and you would rather keep your star employee, then a counter offer could be a good proposition.

Your employee may leave you because of an internal issue. Maybe the workplace was no longer fun? Maybe there was a bullying issue or a lack of facilities to do the job properly? To stop this from happening again make sure anonymous internal surveys are conducted frequently to pick up on these issues.

Regardless of whether your employee stays or goes, always remain in touch. It isn’t uncommon for a new employee to feel distressed and wanting to come back. This is why you should always stay in touch with good leavers. Reactivate them when a vacancy arises as they already know your company and the recruiting process will be much quicker. This is important as your organisation will be losing money every day that vacancy isn’t filled. To find out your cost click here.

Hope you found this short blog informative.


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