In many cases, there comes a time when an employee has to leave a company for one reason or another and a replacement must be found and trained. If the reason for the employee leaving is that there were performance issues and the employee is being fired or forced to resign, this should happen before the replacement even enters the building or begins to climb the ladder. If the employee is leaving of their own accord, they still shouldn’t be involved in hiring or training their replacement, and here’s why:
Weaknesses May Be Passed On
Every employee has weaknesses that affect some aspect of their job in a negative way, even if these weaknesses are not blatantly obvious. Allowing employees to train their replacements allows them to possibly pass on those weaknesses to the new employee, robbing the workplace of boosted efficiencies before the new employee even has a chance to show their stuff. Employees also like to share their shortcuts and you may be better off if your new employees don’t know about those.
Departing Employees May Get Lax
Even the best employees may begin to get lax near the end of their tours, which can spell trouble if they are teaching your new employees during this time. Critical lessons can be missed and the new employee may get the wrong idea about the level of standards that are in place. This can cause training to take longer and can leave your new employee unprepared for the job ahead.
Departing Employees May Be Overzealous
On the other end of the spectrum from the lax departing employee is the overzealous departing employee. Some employees may feel loyal to the company and feel that they need to mold the new employee into an exact replica of themselves in order to make sure that the new employee can get the job done right. This can be overwhelming for the new employee and they may get the wrong idea about what is required of the position, or they may even quit before training is complete.
Interviews Can Be Awkward
When departing employees interview employee candidates for their position, it can get awkward very quickly. Departing employees may become resentful or may be uncomfortable talking about why they are leaving, and employee candidates are sure to ask. If interviews are conducted with departing employees and managers, it may also be difficult to talk about how the position could be improved without offending the departing employee.
The Wrong Candidate May Be Hired
When departing employees take part in the hiring process, there is always a risk that the wrong employee will be hired due to the employee being either lax or overzealous about replacing their position. Lax employees may not hold employee candidates to a high enough standard, while overzealous employees may have unrealistic expectations. Overzealous employees may also hire someone that they see as being very similar to themselves, which may deprive the company of a great employee that is very different from the departing employee.