A strong exit programme is as critical for an organisation as an induction programme
17 Apr, 2015

facebookTwitter LinkdinGoogle Plus

It is inevitable. As newer employees join a company, the older ones call it quits and move out to greener pastures. This has been the usual practice.

However, what has changed, of late, is the way people are moving out. Both the employers and the employees try to make the exit a memorable one.

After all, the same employee might join back, after a few years or there could be a situation where the boss and the subordinate may land up in the same company, sometime in the future.

Recently, in an unprecedented move, the outgoing CEO of Deloitte, Udayan Sen, gifted an iPad to all his co-workers — assistant managers and directors. To his associates who were executives and senior executives, he gifted a Kindle each. This gesture became a topic of discussion in the corporate world and for his co-workers, it was an affair to remember.

Sen’s gifts were a noble gesture by a parting employee. However, the trend of companies making it memorable for an outgoing employee is also fast catching up in the country.

Some companies do have a structured severance policy in place for departing employees. A special severance package is also quite a common practice in many countries.

“If it is important to have a strong induction programme, it is equally critical to have a similar practice for an exit,” says an industry observer. 
In India, there are a few companies which engage in programmess and skill-management techniques for their employees during the notice period.

“It helps in both retention and hiring” says a senior HR consultant.

For instance, at Wockhardt Hospitals, there is a resignation counselling session, right after the employee expresses the intention to resign. Besides, it also has a seven-day withdrawal period so that the employee can think the matter over. In addition, the company also runs an alumni club for its ex-employees.

Rajani tewari

“Parting is a very emotional exercise. Hence, maintaining the right emotional state is critical for any company,” says, Rajani Tewari, head-HR, Wockhardt Hospitals.

The longer the period the employee has spent with the company, the deeper the emotional connect. “After working in an office for a decade, it starts feeling like home and one’s colleagues become family members,” says a senior HR official.

Companies have realised the fact that outgoing employees are like brand messengers who will carry along with them all the goodwill.

“Even post separation, an ex-employee can be helpful for employee and client references,” says Sonal Arora, assistant V-P, TeamLease Services.

“Globally, any reputed company will fiercely protect its brand equity by ensuring that employees part ways in an amicable and friendly manner. This is to ensure that the brand gets mentioned later in a positive manner,” concurs, Vikram Vuppala, CEO and founder, NephroPlus.

The onus of an amicable exit is not always on the employer. Even the employee needs to take certain measures. “A team leader on the verge of moving out needs to know that he or she has to still uphold the faith, which he or she had, during all the time spent working with the organisation.”

“All outgoing employees need to ensure that they are the right cultural ambassadors even though they are leaving,” she adds.

After all, moving out of one company does not put an end to a career. It is an ongoing ladder that is built through patience, commitment and strength. In these days of social media, both good and bad words spread very fast.

Other News


  • Wockhardt starts e-consultation amidst lockdown
    31 Mar, 2020
  • 83-Year-Old Woman Suffering From Heart Attack Successfully Treated With TAVR Procedure
    27 Feb, 2020
  • Wockhardt Doctors Remove 1.5 Inch Bottle Cap Stuck In An Infant's Throat
    19 Feb, 2020
  • 70 Year Old Businessman Heart Stopped Beating for 10 Minutes Was Revived by Wockhardt Team
    12 Feb, 2020
  • Life Wins: Successful Brain surgery gave new lease of Life to a Ghana Student
    12 Feb, 2020
  • New technique of joint replacement surgery a boon for elderly patients at Wockhardt hospital, Nashik
    30 Jan, 2020
  • Wockhardt Hospital Express Healthcare May 2019
    10 Jun, 2019
  • Increase in heart disease..
    18 Apr, 2019
  • A minimal Invasive surgery for mitral valve in heart was successfully performed
    04 Apr, 2019
  • Care Wins, Life Wins : Doctor creates controlled heart attack for good cause! : Wockhardt Hospital SOBO
    01 Mar, 2019