Maynard Webb says treat everyone nicely on the way out

Editor’s Notice: Every week Maynard Webb, former CEO of LiveOps and the former COO of eBay, will supply candid, sensible, and typically shocking recommendation to entrepreneurs and founders. To submit a query, write to Webb at [email protected].

Q. I’ve a part-time guide who has been serving to me with an necessary piece of my enterprise. She has been with us for years and has completed good work. She additionally has a full-time job the place she has been excelling and is now at the administration degree. Her mom is ailing and he or she is about to have a child. We’re now able to take this division to a complete new degree and I don’t assume she’s going to have the time or functionality. The truth is, I believe we’ll want a complete new workforce to plot a method and implement it. How do I deal with this?

-Profitable founder operating many companies

Pricey Founder,

It seems that you might be each prepared to maneuver ahead in numerous instructions, however you need to do the proper factor and finish this relationship on the proper observe.

First, thank her for all she has completed. Ensure that she is aware of that you’ll cowl her pay throughout her maternity go away. Then ask her about her needs for the long run. 

Share your new targets and the way you might be planning to step as much as get there. Clarify you wish to take issues to a brand new degree and talk about whether or not she want to go alongside given her different commitments and all that she has going on. Paint a transparent image of what’s coming and see if she has the curiosity and free time to decide to the new calls for.

If she will not be up for staying and taking on this new position, or if it turns into evident that she will not be able to assembly the new calls for of the ramped-up effort, devise a plan to half methods gracefully. Ask for her assist in aiding with the transition. Embrace her in your efforts to seek out different individuals for the rising workforce.

Be certain that she is aware of how she will probably be handled on the way out. We not too long ago parted methods with a long-time key worker and agreed to pay her for six months at the finish of her time with us. As a rule, at all times treat everyone nicely on the way out. How you allow issues is what everyone will bear in mind.