Should you stay in touch with an employee after that individual has left your organization?

Depending on the circumstances under which the employee left the company, it is usually fine to keep in touch with them, although it may be a good idea for you to let them initiate contact.

Depending on the circumstances under which the employee left the company, it is usually fine to keep in touch with them, although it may be a good idea for you to let them initiate contact. In such a small industry like PR, it is more than likely that you will cross paths with each other again.

If you develop a relationship with the former employee, you will need to take care not to divulge any inappropriate information about what is going on at the company; particularly if the person has left the company involuntarily or moved on to another agency. You want to make sure you are not breaching client or company confidentiality; otherwise you may risk your own job.

You may very well find that this person becomes a mentor to you, becomes a good networking connection, and a future reference when and if you decide to move on.

Sheridan Falco is director of HR at FutureBrand.

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