They are a part of your team even after they leave…

VC Rick Segal has a great post about how to treat employees who are leaving your company.

Over the years at Yahoo! and at other companies I’ve inevitably had to watch some great team members move onto new and different careers, take time off or whatever. When people left, I did try to make them feel that they would be missed and most of the time tried to organize a bon voyage party/lunch for them. But until Rick’s post, I never really thought about the exit interview process and how the company handles these folks (It’s time for me to learn).

Rick’s post also fits into a school of management thought that just really should be common sense: treat your people like people, not like an “asset” or a “resource”.