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Now, why does this remind me of that SNL skit with Dana Carvey and Helen Hunt as flight attendants where they say 'buh-bye' as passengers leave the airplane?

Never saw that one, so I hope it denoted a positive experience. Rarely saw anyone reluctant to leave an airplane.

Excellent. Too often companies mindlessly pursue a retention policy that resembles that of a roach motel: they can check in, but they can never check out.

A really enlightened company actually cares about the well-being of its employees. Many claim to be so, but the proof of the pudding is the reaction if and when their lives and careers take them beyond what the company can offer.

At that point, the company should behave like a university, replete with alumni, job placement centers, reunions, and a host of activities and ceremonies appropriate to someone who chose to spend time there.

Instead, too many choose to view it as an act of treachery, of someone who used to see the light but has spurned it. Or, at the least, someone who has simply left the fold.

You are right to say, " How people are treated when they leave an employer might be an excellent indicator of the state of the morale of those who remain."

A pleasant open campus is more inviting than a closely guarded prison.

Not a bad idea! Thanks.

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