Placing executives is our core business. Sometimes, however, there is more to it than just placing the executive. Be it the client’s wish to build up new structures, thus requiring more than just the man or woman at the top. Be it the ideal candidate functioning best within their long-established team that they want to keep and take with them. In cases like these, we will investigate the option of a Team Move, i.e. moving an entire team to the new employer, with all diligence and always targeting the real needs. In Executive Search, this is the ultimate discipline. We are telling you why in this new article of our Valdivia Internal series. You can find all the posts of this series here in our Newsroom .
If You Cannot Retain Them, Set Them Free
When it comes to Team Moves, opinions vary considerably. There are good reasons to consider such a step immoral. After all, the enterprise will be left stripped of a substantial portion of its performance. And yet you can look at it as a fair decision just as well: When employers reorganize or find themselves in difficulties, they often close down entire departments.
Also, the question arises, when a Team Move is feasible. Of course, the new employer’s offer has to be an attractive one. At the same time, however, hardly anybody will give up a great ’feel-good position’. The opportunity of a Team Move may be this final little piece of motivation for individual team members, but it will never be the only cause.
The Ultimate Discipline: A Lot to Do
When handling a Team Move, our job is never done with checking, preparing and coaching each and every involved person, the way it is laid out in our Valdivia Executive Search Process. We will also analyse the overall performance and especially the inner structures of the team that is signalling it is ready for a change. For as much as a long-established team can be a valuable addition to our client’s workforce – the familiarity within the team itself can turn into a pitfall. Sometimes, there are tensions within a group but, so far, every-day routine has not allowed them to surface. On the other hand, overly strong ties within the team may conflict with loyalty towards the new employer.
For us at Valdivia, our client’s interest serves as the prime point of reference. So we will openly communicate, should we make out any obstacles that may stand in the way of a Team Move. Sometimes, the team analysis will show that not all team members are fit to fulfil the new requirements as desired. Further aspects may need to be discussed as well: If there are six or more team members, it is often difficult to motivate all of them to relocate. In certain cases, it may be an easier solution to set up a local office at their exisiting work place.
In the ensuing course, we make a point of moderating the change process itself with a lot of extra care. A clear and precise schedule for the order in which contracts need to be terminated, for instance, is key. Retention periods have to be considered and, of course, we want to protect the executive from the suspicion of possibly infringing non-competition clauses.
In legal matters, we collaborate with a renowned law firm specialising in employment law. This way, you do not only have access to our competencies regarding the integration of team members and to individual coaching throughout the change process. Together with our partner, we also provide you with legal counselling, drafting, and finalising employment contracts, as well as assistance with your legal risk management.
Your Chance for a Fresh Start
A Team Move – just like any other uncompelled change of jobs – is a sign for the wish for transformation. Reasons for this can vary. These will only become effective, however, if they meet with too little to retain them at their current company. In that case, being open by terminating the contract is the better, the more honest way. Therefore, should you yourself be confronted with a Team Move out of your company, try to respect this as the sincere decision that it is and take it as a chance for your own fresh start.