Involuntary Offboarding Risks

The Involuntary Offboarding Risks You Need to Know

Uncomfortable musings

What could a disgruntled terminated employee do with access to your sensitive corporate information, building, and passwords to your social accounts?

An unsettling thought, isn’t it? Especially considering, according to Intermedia, 89% of past employees retain access to sensitive corporate applications.

Just imagine the damage.

Involuntary offboarding is unpleasant. Whether an employee is terminated for performance issues or there is a reduction in force event, involuntary offboarding represents an abrupt, and unfortunate, end to an employee’s tenure with your company. This scenario could put the company’s reputation in jeopardy.

While employee exits are always hard, the administrative side of it doesn’t have to be. Developing a standardized process and leveraging an automated offboarding platform empowers your organization to focus on the people while the process runs itself.

What’s more, according to Aberdeen research, only 29% of organizations have a formal offboarding process. Making offboarding a powerful competitive advantage for your company.

Offboarding Process Best Practices

Offboarding is a responsibility shared by multiple teams. IT recovers hardware, direct managers oversee knowledge transfer and responsibility coverage, HR handles compliance paperwork, and more.

Establishing an offboarding process takes some time and thought, just like setting up an effective onboarding program. Once your involuntary offboarding process is established, automating the process ensures each step is completed.

Here are some involuntary offboarding process development prompts to get you started:

  • Recovery of company assets
  • Shutdown of information/services
  • Knowledge transfer (documentation of work, critical task hand-off)
  • Compliance protocols (secure employee data management, departure documentation, COBRA information)

Download our free offboarding checklist now and share with your team.

Assets to be collected during involuntary offboarding

Employees can amass quite a bit of company property, both tangible and intangible, during their tenure. Establishing a list of things to collect upon departure makes it easier for your team than relying on sticky notes and memory.

Common assets that need to be collected include:

  • Tangible:
    • laptops
    • phones
    • building access cards
    • company credit cards
    • ID badges
    • company cars
    • books
    • collateral
    • uniforms
    • tools
    • safety equipment
    • company manuals
  • Intangible:
    • access to corporate applications
    • passwords to social accounts
    • access to company networks
    • building access
    • subscription accounts
    • software access
    • email access
    • customer lists
    • customer data
    • pricing lists
    • company files
    • company financials
    • proprietary information

How can Click Boarding help?

All of these offboarding tasks – and more – can be easily configured through Click Boarding’s compliant offboarding solution. Click Boarding’s platform empowers enterprise-level companies to automate each step, so your team can go back to focusing on what matters the most – your people.

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