It’s never easy to deal with an employee leaving, especially when it’s a good employee leaving on good terms. It can be hard to find someone comparable who can fill their role, and it’s an investment to train a new employee. But in the midst of transition planning, don’t forget to acknowledge that employee’s tenure and dedication.
Take them out for lunch, throw them a party or give them a certificate of appreciation. Thank them for working with you, wish them well in their next endeavor, and if appropriate, stay in touch. Beyond being a tactful practice, recognizing good employees when they leave tells other employees that you respect their decisions to make career changes. It shows your remaining employees that you value them all, even when they’re moving on.