What Do You Do When Your Coworker Quits?

January 27, 2015

Career Advice

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Change is good, but change can be scary — especially when you’re not the one who instigated it. When a coworker decides to quit it can interrupt your team more than you’d like to admit. The Brazen Careerist had a great post recently on How to Cope When You Coworker Leaves the Company.

It made us think about how to best react when someone drops the two-week’s notice bomb. Here is our list of mantras to repeat when you’re going through the transition from empty cubicle next door to new hire neighbor:

  • Remember that everyone will be under added stress. When one member of your team leaves, everyone has to pick up the slack until the replacement steps in. And it’s not just one person’s responsibility
  • Remember that the stress is temporary. It’s no fun to have to take on extra work, but it’s no one’s fault. Be a team player and work through this trying time.
  • Remember to send off your coworker the right way. Be excited for his or her new role and be sure to keep in touch. You never know when your connections will come in handy.
  • Remember to greet the replacement with open arms. Stepping into someone else’s shoes is no fun but we’ve all been there. A new person will be just that — new. It will take them awhile to transition and they’ll bring they’ll own flair. And that might be just what you needed.

About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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