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    Help! My team is falling apart

    How one exiting employee can change the office dynamic

    Ever feel like you were on a sinking ship? Sometimes you want to be the one to jump off!

    That is the feeling I get when a member of my team announces her resignation.

    Immediately following is the dreaded two-week notice. Two weeks, to replace a valued team member! Two weeks, whoever came up with the notion that it is possible to replace someone in two weeks is…crazy! This becomes both the longest two weeks and the shortest two weeks of my professional life.

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    Of course, I’m happy for my departing team member to begin a new endeavor. I know it is important that each person strive for individual happiness, but deep down inside I dread the potential ripple effect.

    I wonder why one person makes the decision to jump ship does it seem like another person decides it is time to go as well? If an employee decides the time is right to depart, does she conspire with others to abandon me and leave me to run a busy practice alone?

    I want to chase after them and say, “Wait, it’s not so bad! Come back!” or “Don’t leave us, we can change anything to keep you!” Nevertheless, I organize a farewell dinner, smile, wish them good luck, and say good-bye.

    Tami L. Hagemeyer, ABOC
    Tami Hagemeyer is the lead optician at Premier Vision Group in Bowling Green, OH. She is responsible for all phases of optometric and ...

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