In 2023, proper offboarding is even more important than before because of various developments and trends in the job market and corporate culture. The “war on talent” is a reality in many industries, with attracting and retaining qualified and experienced workers a major challenge. Poor offboarding can lead to negative word-of-mouth and can make it less attractive for potential candidates to apply to an organization. How to do it then? You can read about that here.
Another increasingly important concept is employer branding. Employers are judged more than ever on their corporate culture, inclusiveness and how they treat their employees. Negative offboarding can damage an organization’s image and undermine its position as an attractive employer.
Employee departure is no longer end of relationship
The phenomenon of “boomerang employees” is becoming more common, with positive offboarding experiences helping to retain valuable staff. With the rise of remote working and digitization, negative offboarding experiences can quickly be shared online, increasing the importance of careful offboarding management. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic led to restructuring and increased emotional impact among departing employees, making supportive offboarding critical to long-term well-being and engagement. Organizations must recognize that an employee’s departure is not the end of the relationship, but an opportunity to leave a lasting positive impression and maintain valuable connections.