Should you engage employees who are quitting?

Ideally, you’re engaging your associates from Day One. It’s never too late to start, though, and these days, a star employee’s exit doesn’t have to be a permanent loss.

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I’ll admit, I started to read this Fast Company article and was prejudiced to disagree with the premise: “The best opportunity to engage employees is how you treat them when they leave.”

Ridiculous, right? They’re leaving! How does working to engage them now do any good? It’s like using your exit interview as your best survey tool for employee engagement in your organization. (Yes, that’s really a thing.)

After reading the article, I admit my prejudicial instincts may have been wrong.

Never too late to let them know their work matters

Author Jessica Amortegui’s point is that employees are probably going to leave anyway. Statistically, there are very few “lifer” employees that stay at one (or even two or three) companies for their entire careers.

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