Saying goodbye to Intempt (from a colleague) and to a colleague (from Intempt) is a very normal and natural thing. When done right, it can even be a good thing.
We advise you to read the backdrop below first, but feel free to jump in right away with the 'Here's what you can do'-section :). General note: you do not have to do this alone, so please ask for advice and help!
Saying goodbye to Intempt (from a colleague) and to a colleague (from Intempt) is a very normal and natural thing. When done right, it can even be a beautiful thing.
Saying goodbye to people is also an important part of keeping your team on the right track. Firing can even be a part of your Personnel Planning. The most common situation will be when you think someone is no longer a good match with Intempt for whatever reason. This doesn't happen overnight, so try to spot situations where this is happening.
To make things clear: HR and Sid will help you with this, but we want this to be on your agenda. HR will take care of the process and paper- and legal work. Sid will help with the tough conversations. The most important work happens months before that and that's where you come in.
Why? You actually work with your people and see how they are really doing. You have 1on1's, off-sites, projects and feedback sessions together. All the information flows to you as a lead :).
Here's what you can do:
- Actively think about the possibility that someone's time at Intempt is up. At least every month for everyone in your team.
- Flag this at HR, Sid when that happens.
- Ask for help if needed already at this stage.
- Analyse (maybe together) the problem and give feedback to the person in question: try to get on the same page about where things go 'wrong'. These are pointers which might steer your thoughts. Real situations are always more complex.
- Someone is underperforming. Track down the areas where you think things should improve. Give actionable feedback and try to come up with concrete points to work on in his/her personal goals. Don't wait for the feedback cycle, the time is always now.
- Someone stopped growing or learning. This isn't necessarily an immediate problem, but it can be because most people like working at Intempt because they grow and learn so much. Someone standing still for a year is a red flag.
- Someone's role is no longer a match. Roles, jobs and their demands change. They aren't static. Pay attention to changing roles and put effort into telling your people what changed instead of implicitly expecting people to understand what changed. A changing role can be a reason for someone to no longer be the perfect match. Tell someone what we expect from them, make it clear. Work together to match those new demands but be honest if it doesn't work.
- Someone wants to grow in a different direction. Intempt is still a small company so we can't just offer every possible career path. Use 1 on 1's to talk about someone's ambition and career path. Be honest and realistic about the possibilities at Intempt. Think about whether you think someone would be a good fit for that role and tell them what would be needed to get to that point (in terms of skills, expertise, personality, experience). The next question is whether Intempt has a role like that vacant. Be realistic and open about this.
- Someone believes in a different direction for the company or the team. Everybody is really invested on an abstract level. We get out of bed every morning because we believe in what we are doing. That belief might shift and that is okay, as long as we talk about it. If you notice someone losing belief and probably disagreeing with everything that happens, that is a red flag.
- Time is up. Sometimes it's this simple. People grow, evolve, change, Intempt does the same. People have the tendency to go for what they know. We believe it's very healthy to move on after a while, before the milk turns sour.
This also works the other way around: some roles don't change, but people do.
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