When a staff member makes the choice to resign, it can feel like a defeat of some kind, like something broke or a mistake was made. But sometimes transitions are a normal part of staff life.
Some transitions are very difficult. The kind when you need to “fire” someone, but those situations are rare and usually represent one of three things.
- You didn’t have the honest and tough conversations.
- One or more people were not willing to change.
- You waited too long to make corrections.
If we set the more extreme cases aside, we can see that transitions on your staff, while not necessarily routine, can be part of a healthy environment. This perspective is far better than keeping a staff member when it’s not working, just because no one is willing to be honest and make the tough decision.