I was speaking to a founder of an academy last evening, it was a great session where we shared our views on having an alumni for organisations. I’ve written this topic months back in my previous blog, as to how organisations can benefit from setting up an alumni for its ex-employees. This is nothing new in the West as organisations set up social networking platform for its retrenched, retired and resigned workers to establish profiles, networking, sharing thoughts and experiences. There are many reasons organisations part with their employees, it does not mean that the retrenched workers are not valuable, retirees can no longer contribute and resigned employees are not satisfied with the organisations. Hence, establishing a pro-long relationship is defintely a win-win situation.
Top of mind awareness
Organisations – Maintaining a close relationship with the ex-employees is equivalent to brand building. Whenever they have any business opportunities or shopping thoughts, the organisations will be on top of their mind.
Ex-Employees – In the time of a recession, organisations are forced to part with their employees in order to get over the tough time. And when the headcount freeze is lifted, organisations may again look at bringing back these experienced employees instead of training a new person for the job.
Organisations – Some ex-employees left the organisations for career advancement or even entrepreneurship. These professionals may become business partners, or even guest speakers to share experiences and knowledge with its employees.
Ex-Employees – Staying in contact with the organisation or even ex-colleagues may lead to more opportunities for career advancement and personal development.
Organisations – Having a good relationship with the ex-employees may result in having ambassadors or fans for the brand.
Ex-Employees – Another platform where they can gain knowledge, advises, and even latest happenings in the industry from the organisation and its former employees.
So, what’s your take on this?