I started a job 7 months ago and got involved on about 15 different project teams. 10 are unfinished, ongoing projects. Additionally, due in part to my prior experience, the company had a very good resume and won some very lucrative upcoming project work from Clients that knew me well. Now I will be taking a new job. My current colleagues, will have to finish ongoing projects and have an increased workload, especially with the upcoming new work. They do not have my skill-set, so will likely struggle somewhat until they come up to speed. Many of them already work 50+ hours a week keeping up with their own assignments. How can I maintain a good relationship with them while they take on the extra and challenging work due to my departure? I could see them being very upset and one or more Clients being unhappy about losing me on their projects, which may create additional tensions.
I understand that having a good handoff is helpful, however there will be no time for that. So my focus is on good relationships being maintained in spite of the company policy not to determine who will fill the departing person's roles until after they leave. Never has my department wanted to have work transitioned before the departure. They want to squeeze every last drop out of us on project work. Transition meetings are a waste of time in the Director's view. They will 'figure it out', and leadership usually Stokes the flames by bad-mouthing departed employees, in an attempt to say they were never needed. Any tips to counteract this? Or are hand-off meetings the only way? (These would have to happen on our own time, as management has never, and likely will never be a proponent)