How to Discreetly Replace a Top Employee

October 10, 2014 | TalentBridge News

Behind every thriving organization is a smart, savvy and hardworking leadership team. These talented professionals are trusted as key decision makers, essentially providing them with the power to make or break the success of the entire company. Employees look to these people for guidance and support, so when one of them needs to be replaced, it’s important to do so very carefully and quickly.

People often assume the company is in trouble if a key leader decides to move on to another organization or is terminated from their position. This can easily send everyone into a panic, as they incorrectly assume their own jobs are in jeopardy. Therefore, it’s best to make the replacement process as discrete as possible – without broadcasting the open position, to keep chaos from ensuing.

3 Tips to Discretely Replace a Top Employee

Looking to replace a key member of your organization? Follow these three tips to make the process as discrete as possible:

  • Plan Ahead: Map your strategy out prior to making your first move. Determine if you’ll consider any internal candidates or strictly want to focus on hiring from the outside. Decide what background, qualities, and education you want a successful candidate to have. Set a timeline for the search and decide how to go about the candidate selection process.
  • Conduct Off-site Interviews: Rather than shuffling candidates through the hallways of your office ─ a sure way to raise eyebrows ─ conduct interviews at an offsite location. If you’re trying to make the process discrete, it’s best to keep all hiring activities away from the watchful eyes and ears of your employees.
  • Keep it Quiet: The fewer people who know you’re trying to replace an employee, the better. Gossip travels quickly around an organization, so keep the news on lockdown. Only let those in on the secret who absolutely must know, as people talk ─ it’s inevitable. 

Need to discretely replace a high-level employee ─ and fast? At Talent Bridge, we strongly believe a company is only as good as its people. We’re here to help you build a leadership team dedicated to taking your organization to the next level.

We guarantee a quick turnaround time, as we understand the importance of having talented leaders in place at all times. You can count on our team to deliver top quality human capital solutions at an exceptional value. Contact us today to get started.