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  • Writer's pictureJoani Schumaker

Don't Be A Loser In The War on Talent



In the dynamic realm of corporate culture, the departure of an employee often symbolizes more than just a change in staffing—it's a litmus test for the company's values, its treatment of employees, and its vision for the future. It's an opportunity to honor contributions, foster camaraderie, and set a precedent for organizational values. The way companies treat their employees on the way out will determine whether they are winners or losers in The War On Talent. Join me in exploring the significance of celebrating departures and the transformative impact it can have on workplace dynamics.


In a recent announcement on LinkedIn, a departure with an organization prompted my reflection on the power of farewell celebrations. Instead of letting the moment pass quietly, this company seized the opportunity to spotlight the departing individual's contributions and express heartfelt gratitude for their resilience and dedication. This celebration wasn't just a gesture; it was a testament to the company's commitment to its employees' well-being and the cultivation of a supportive workplace culture. The inspiration for my blog post came from The KSC Group's thoughtful approach to honoring departing team members. If you'd like to see the original post that inspired me, check it out here. This exemplary practice is a beacon for all companies striving to create a positive workplace environment. It's no wonder The KSC Group was awarded 2024 Best Place to Work in MultiFamily, #1 Best Place to work in MultiFamily for Women, and #9 Best Place to Work in the Supplier Category. If you don't know Kim Senn Cross, you're missing out!


What distinguishes thriving organizations isn't merely the act of celebration itself, but the ripple effect it generates across the company and beyond:


Fostering a Forward-Thinking Culture: By prioritizing gratitude and recognition, organizations set a precedent for how employees are valued and treated throughout their tenure. This fosters a sense of loyalty and commitment among current employees and serves as a powerful attractor for prospective talent.


Elevating Employee Sentiment and Engagement: Celebrating departures fosters a sense of belonging and appreciation among the entire workforce, bolstering morale, enhancing job satisfaction, and strengthening the emotional bond between employees and the company.


Enhancing Employer Branding: A commitment to celebrating departures contributes to a positive employer brand, positioning organizations as employers of choice where contributions are recognized, appreciated, and celebrated. This not only attracts top talent but also reinforces positive perceptions among clients, partners, and stakeholders.


Building Positive Reviews and Reputation: Organizations that prioritize gratitude and recognition are more likely to inspire glowing reviews on employer review platforms, social media, and word-of-mouth referrals. This enhances the company's reputation as a compassionate, supportive, and fulfilling workplace—a reputation that precedes it in the eyes of both current and prospective employees.


Setting a Trend for Industry Standards: By leading the way in celebrating departures, organizations set a trend for industry-wide best practices. As other companies take note and follow suit, we can expect to see a positive shift in how departures are perceived and managed across various industries.


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My journey through different workplaces has exposed me to both uplifting and disheartening departures. One experience, in particular, resonates -- a departure that left me feeling undervalued and unappreciated.


Years ago, I tendered a six-week resignation notice, expecting a nod of acknowledgment or a word of well-wishes from my employer. Instead, I was met with silence. What stung even more was when my former boss disconnected from me on LinkedIn -- a seemingly small act that spoke volumes about their lack of professionalism and grace. You know who you are, and you'll be in the book!


This experience fundamentally altered my perspective on departures. It highlighted the importance of embracing farewells with dignity, respect, and gratitude -- a principle at the heart of the farewell revolution. It underscored the significance of acknowledging and honoring the contributions of departing colleagues, regardless of the circumstances.


Reflecting on this experience, I can't help but wonder every time I see a job posting for this company, had they focused more on treating their employees right, they wouldn't be experiencing constant turnover.


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As we champion the practice of celebrating departures with style and gratitude, let us reflect on the folly of allowing petty grievances to overshadow professional decorum. Let us strive to be better stewards of workplace relationships, recognizing that each connection contributes to the rich tapestry of our professional lives.


Together, let's pave the way for a workplace culture where departures are met with warmth, appreciation, and the acknowledgement of shared experiences. Here's to embracing departures with open arms and hearts -- a revolution worth championing.


Don't be a loser in the war on talent! Join us in celebrating departures and fostering a positive workplace culture. Be more like Kim!


~ J Schu




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