Should I Conduct Exit Interviews With Departing Employees?

Should I Conduct Exit Interviews With Departing Employees? - Gettyimages 1398009285 511299 columnist Alison Green answers questions about workplace and management issues–everything from how to deal with a micromanaging boss to how to talk to someone on your team about body odor.

Here’s a roundup of answers to five questions from readers.

1. Should I conduct exit interviews?

​My assistant is leaving at the end of the month. I’ve always heard you should lead an exit interview with anyone who quits. Is an exit interview still the norm if the employee was part-time? He was at our organization 20 hours a week for one year. If I should lead an exit interview, can you please let me know what types of questions should be included?

It’s really up to you. Some employers do them, and some don’t. There’s no point in doing them unless you’re genuinely interested in the information you’ll receive and open to acting on it in some way; don’t do it just to go through the motions because that will create cynicism in your other employees. And of course, exit interviews shouldn’t…

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