When is it time for someone to go from an organization?
Departures from organizations are hard. In many cases, we wait too long to let someone go or we stay too long before we chose to leave. Here are a few thoughts I had on when it’s time to let someone go.
- When the person has outgrown their welcome
Basically, this is the time when the person is no longer appreciated in the organization or the organization has grown “deaf” to the individual’s voice.
- Bigger things on the Horizon
When a person has the potential or opportunity to achieve more serves as a clear indicator that it is time to let the person go. Sometimes the “stability of now” impedes a person from achieving the better things because of the risks involved. Occasionally, the bird needs a push out of the nest.
This seems like a no brainer, but before you quickly let someone go due to incompetence, make sure you’ve properly trained them and given them opportunity to grow. Don’t forget, failure is a part of growing. Yet, if a person proves to be unable to perform their task or responsibilities, they should be relieved of their duties. If a person in unwilling to adapt, they are displaying incompetence.
- Pursuing a different direction
It’s not uncommon for an organization or individual to pursue a different direction. This is a clear time of departure. Just remember, different directions entail heavy lifting, time to enact, and is difficult. Clear vision is needed when declaring a different direction.
What would you add to this list? What are some of the indicators that it is time for a person to go from an organization?