Fighting the Good Fight

Regardless of whether a member of staff has handed in their notice for the aforementioned good or bad reasons, the act of handing in their notice puts the ball firmly in your court. What are you going to do next? This is a conundrum that faces many managers. At the most abstract level, it boils down to two choices:

  • You accept the situation and initiate the process for them to leave.
  • You fight for them to stay.

No battle is fought without effort or concession, so you’ll need to think long and hard about what you want to do next. But there’s an added element of difficulty. Typically, to receive a job offer from another company, your staff member will have committed a sizable amount of time, energy, and emotion into deciding ...

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