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I need help, ladies! Just found out I have to roll off my team junior ASAP due to scope change. She is great and did nothing wrong, but lacks the financial modeling skills we now need. Contd

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Ensure her that it wasn’t her work. Help her find a new project. I think one thing that’s always rubbed me the wrong way with past projects when scope has changed (been on 3 projects of this nature) is that my managers told me that there was always work available at that client and yet when I had to be rolled off for scope change reasons and not having the skills, they didn’t help me stay on despite “all the work available”. I would just like to know that if my work was appreciated, I have support. If I’m rolled off and then put on the bench for weeks, its a real blow to self-esteem. From a fellow analyst.

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Just be honest and emphasize that she’s great and it’s not performance related at all, just that a different skill set is required now due to the scope change. Let her know that you would love to work with her again in the future. If you have leads for another project that could take her, I would offer to try to put her in touch with those people.

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I was the analyst who just got rolled off in a similar situation. My eng manager repeatedly told me it was not a performance issue which helped immensely

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Been in such a situation. Only thing that hurt me the most was that, they gave 4 hours. I was told I’m rolling off on a Thursday at client site. Please don’t do that to anyone. Show them they have some control in the situation. It feels sick that they don’t trust you with such a small thing. I mean I’ve worked on nearly 100 deals, these things happen. I get it. Just decent handling and truth makes it better.

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I feel overwhelmed with guilt and am dreading the conversation. I can’t imagine how I’d have taken this when I was an analyst. Tips of the least bad way to communicate the news? Pep talk welcome too 🙏

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I would be as honest and explicit as you’ve been here so she can feel confident in her performance. If you can, offer to share her bio around in case anyone you know could use her. Also emphasize that this won’t be a bad mark on her going forward- nothing she has to be concerned about sharing with whoever wants to staff her next.

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Just asking, if she’s smart and is a learner isn’t she coachable ? Just curious.

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Challenge is we now need someone to do a completely net new task fairly autonomously. I wouldn’t feel comfortable asking her to take that on without sufficient oversight to coach her

If it’s about the scope and not her work, just say that. I’ve had to do similar recently because the SOW included a rate for offshore. Having my junior staff on would have blown the budget, so he couldn’t be on that project. It was no reflection on him as far as his work.

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This is so common in consulting and let her know that up front. And agree with the other ladies on helping her out as best you can. Connecting her to your network speaks volumes.

Thanks everyone!! I think it went as well as could be expected

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