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When an employee leaves, be it voluntary or through dismissal, some basic steps must be taken to ensure the smoothest transition possible and to protect the organization. An “Employee Departure Checkout Checklist” serves as a valuable administrative and memory-aid tool, especially during stressful times.

This checklist includes items such as:

  • Key communication activities.
  • Assets to be reclaimed.
  • Transfer of work and project ownership.

Use this checklist as a guide for closing out an employee's tenure at your organization and ensure nothing is overlooked.


This downloadable tool is associated with the research note, “Terminating Employees: The Hardest Part of IT Leadership.”

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Published: March 27, 2009
Last Revised: March 27, 2009


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