Handling the loss of senior members of staff


This week has been a sad week for the crew at Redhotblue as we farewelled our Operations and Production Manager of six years, Bonnie Davis.

Over the years Bonnie has played an instrumental role in the growth of Redhotblue and without her we wouldn’t be where we are today! We rely strongly on Bonnie and this loss could have a devastating impact on the business without proper planning. So how do you avoid the pains of change in management and make the transition a little less traumatic?

Team Building

Something to remember is that you, the business owner, are not the only one affected by this major change. Staff can also struggle with major changes in the business so it is important to consider implementing team-building exercises. Team-building activities provide a number of benefits in learning team skills and improving communications as well as morale and productivity. They also help build new relationships and improve existing ones, making them suitable when major changes happen within your organisation.


Cross-training employees will also help alleviate the pain when a key employee leaves. Cross-training ensures staff productivity continues despite the loss of a senior team member and allows the business to keep moving forward without any major interruptions. It also is beneficial when senior staff are sick or on holidays.

Hiring the right person

Finding the right person to replace senior management can be an extremely difficult task and anyone in business knows how daunting it can be. So how do you find the right person to fit the position? Everyone has their own style of management so keeping an open mind when going through those resumes is crucial. The most important thing to consider when hiring new senior staff is ensuring they have personal ethics and principles that align with the business’ ethos.


We all know that when a staff member leaves you can’t control the amount of notice they give however, if time is on your side ensuring you have enough of a handover period can help. Time to train new management is key when making that changeover period as smooth as possible.

Written Procedures

Finally, one of the simplest ways to ensure the change in key employees doesn’t cause major disruptions is ensuring your current staff writes down official procedures. This is beneficial at all levels of and can ease the pain when any member of staff leaves.