Promotions and Departures: A Curious Conundrum

In my two decades in the recruitment sphere, a curious puzzle has emerged – promotions, rather than cementing staff loyalty, may inadvertently trigger departures. ADP’s research echoes this sentiment, highlighting an intriguing pattern that goes beyond a simple career progression.


It’s not the promotion itself that leads to departure but, surprisingly, the delayed recognition by management. This departure often stems from the employee’s decision-making process, where, by the time the well-deserved promotion materializes, they have already emotionally detached or set their sights on new opportunities.


Leveraging my extensive professional experience, I emphasize the importance of valuing team members throughout their tenure. Recognition, when timely and genuine, fosters engagement and loyalty. Relationships are at the core of this philosophy, and nurturing these connections can lead to enduring professional affiliations.


So, the key takeaway here is to treat your team members well during their journey with your organization. Recognize their contributions promptly, commit to their professional growth, and acknowledge their worth. Even if they decide to explore different horizons, remember, I’m here to offer support.

Troy Ashby, CPA
President, Benchmark Search



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