HR trends: Separating Candidates

HR Trends: Separating Candidates

HR Trends: Separating Candidates

About the series: CV-19 has accelerated many trends, including (or especially!) those related to HR and recruitment. Companies that want to hire valuable candidates – who don’t quit after 3 months – have to make sure they keep up with the newest trends. What’s even more important: they need to implement new strategies in the right way.

Trends that are introduced too fast and/or by the wrong department will backfire by e.g. generating additional costs, negative employer branding, losing valuable candidates, longer recruitment processes, low(er) candidate experience, etc.

To help companies avoid these mistakes, we put together a summary of the most important trends along an employee’s life cycle – with their accompanying threats and – where possible – adding relatively simple quick wins – everything backed up with stats and real cases.

This week, we are sharing trends and threats related to Phase #5 out of 5: Separating Employees.

Trend #1: Offboarding online

In the last four articles of the series “HR trends”, we described trends and threats related to attracting and retaining employees in the company. Regardless of whether you’re an HR professional or an employee, you know how vital it is to recruit, manage and onboard people online in the right way.

But laying employees off is just as important. How you treat them at the end of the cooperation leaves a trace for the future and vastly influences your employer branding.

As (almost) all activities were moved online, so was the offboarding. As LinkedIn data from 2021 says, 84% of candidates experienced “negative offboarding”.

What are the potential threats?

Incompetent dismissal of unprepared employees, e.g. via group Zoom, which leads to negative employer branding and a smaller pool of candidates in future recruitment processes.

Security risks associated with poor offboarding processes are one of the top concerns for IT teams today. According to recent Torii survey from 2021:

  • 76% of IT leaders agree or strongly agree that “employee offboarding is a significant security threat.”.
  • IT specialists claim that 67% of breaches are not malicious but accidental.
  • 86% of survey respondents believe that the security threat landscape has changed due to the shift to remote work.


→ Prepare and follow a thorough employee offboarding checklist:

  • especially for IT security – cooperate closely with your IT department.
  • conduct a proper exit interview – you want to make sure you a) learn from the feedback and b) retain an ambassador in the long run.

If possible, select and offer outplacement services to your employees and/or train your own HR department.

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Here are the other articles from the series: