You were hired for your dream job at company XYZ. For the first few years you were in the zone – you meshed with the company culture and were a great fit in terms of your attitude and behaviour. Suddenly or maybe gradually you began to feel less aligned overall with the company. You wanted more freedom, or creativity or different challenges. The fit does not feel quite right. There is a chaffing going on.
As an employer and leader you notice that one of your star employees is indifferent. The person maybe quieter, or appear to be less involved. Quality of work may be a little inconsistent. Attitude while still good has changed. An underlying tension or apprehension is evident. The company or the employee may have grown by leaps and bounds. What started off as a great fit is no longer.
When facing a situation with an employee who is no longer a good fit there are some steps you as the employer can take to mitigate the situation. First you can meet with the employee and develop a transitioning out plan. Working with other businesses to find a home for the employee is a win-win scenario. Another option is to look internally to determine if there is a role that will use put the talents and skills of the employee to good use.
What have you tried to ensure both you and an employee come out as winners when the fit is gone?
Business Change & Transition Strategist, Marie-Helene Sakowski at firstname.lastname@example.org