If one of your direct reports has another offer, would you prefer they talk it through with you first or just hand in notice?

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I hope that I come across as open enough that they’d feel comfortable talking to me beforehand, knowing I’d be impartial in my advice to either (a) take it as an amazing step forward in their career, or (b) hear an alternate perspective on what I might be able to do for them in case it changes their decision to leave.

However, even with some of the best leaders I’ve worked for in the past I’m not so sure I’d have been that comfortable myself! So I understand the hesitation.

Agree with G1 though, the degree to which I’d care about the above is correlated with the degree to which I care about the person 😂

In either case, I don’t lose sleep over it. People come and people go 🤷🏻‍♂️

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If I liked them I’d hope they can come talk to me about it. If they were so so and are relatable then meh.

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I appreciate it when people tell me when they are in the final interview stages. I want to know why they are leaving, because if they are worth fighting for, I might be able to make adjustments. Or, I might agree that the move is the right choice, and I can start planning for the eventuality that they are leaving. I don’t think anyone owes this, though. If you have a good relationship with your leaders, it’s a nice thing to do.

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