Tabs on Writing

The Business of Business Writing by John Tabellione, Principal at

The More the Merrier

Date: 25 June 2018
Category: Homophones, Spelling

Recently came across an article from the career website, “Ladders,” entitled: “Preserving the Office Morale When the Top Performer Leaves.”

Some key takeaways:

  • Be sure to have employees cross-trained on critical tasks so that when someone leaves, backups are available.
  • Be open with employees about such departures and let them know what to expect.
  • During the person’s exit interview, ask for suggestions and pose questions that might enhance the team and group culture.
  • Be sure to take the high moral ground: have an open, honest discussion regarding reasons for the departure without becoming defensive about your management style or denial of certain situations.
  • The author states that perhaps the most important question to ask is, “What changes to our business might have kept you on longer?“

The “moral of the story”* is to have a plan in place to determine any intellectual property or other information that may have been damaged or compromised that either is or will be important within the next month. Prioritize them based on importance and immediacy, then address them one by one, enlisting employees’ assistance. In other words, the more open the manager/owner/supervisor, the merrier the employees will likely be.


*We get this phrase from the morality plays, or allegorical dramas, performed during the Renaissance in Europe, in which the characters personify moral qualities (such as charity or immoral vices) while imparting appropriate lessons for the audiences.


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