In 2014, Acceleration Partners set out to create better outcomes and options for employees who decide to leave the company. The result: AP’s Career Engagement Program, an open transitions program which removes the taboo of employee departures and preserves the employee/employer relationship even beyond the exit.
The Career Engagement Program fosters an environment of open communication and builds an active alumni community. Employees feel safe and comfortable sharing their plans for the future — even if those plans involve leaving AP. It’s intended to be a clear, thoughtful and respectful approach to handling employee departures. We even put our money where our mouth is, offering bonuses to employees who give more than two weeks notice.
If you lead a team or organization, acknowledging that your company might not be the best fit for everyone long-term allows you to completely change your dialogue with your team members. When employees know they can openly and honestly discuss their career goals — and even their professional unhappiness — everyone is empowered to amicably discuss the next steps toward mutually positive outcomes. Sometimes, a person’s role or trajectory can be changed to suit their vision for their career. In other cases, it cannot — and that is ok as well.
At AP, we have found that when a company culture is based on authenticity, trust and quality communication, employees are healthier, happier and more receptive to making the two weeks notice a relic of the past. You can learn more about the CEP (formerly Mindful Transition) program below. Robert is also available to speak to your organization or event about the value of an open transition program, and how to create one.