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Friends 4-Ever

Say goodbye, but not good riddance. You may still have a use for those ex-employees.

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This story appears in the November 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Used to be that when quit, they were consideredtraitors and told to clean out their desks on the spot. No more.Today, the split is usually amicable; going-away lunches and giftsare common. And it doesn't always end there. When a valuedemployee leaves your company, there are several reasons to keep intouch.

Former employees who stay in contact with their old bosses willtell others what a good employer you are and what a great placeyour company is to work at. That kind of person-to-personadvertising can bring you more and help you recruit newemployees. The potential for former employees to return later withmore skills and experience is another benefit of alumniprograms.

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