My boss's boss just left the company and I asked my boss how this is normally handled in the context of any company. He responded with this explanation:
After the departing manager hands in his/her two week notice, one of three things will happen.
- Management will call in his/her team for a meeting, let them know that the manager is leaving, and ask that all loose ends be tied up including getting all required documents, files, and knowledge transferred. I was told this is not ideal as it distracts the team for two weeks and may cause needless disruption in the company as now there is a possible promotion opportunity that may distract even more people.
- Management will escort the manager to his/her desk and then off the premises immediately. This is obviously not ideal as there is no time to tie up any loose ends and a replacement must be found much faster (unless the position isn't in high need of being filled)
- Management will not discuss the matter with anyone, tying up some specifics but trying not to alert anyone of the pending departure of this manager. After the end of the two weeks, the manager will leave and at that point it will be noticed and announced.
#3 is what happened in the case of my boss's boss and it seemed really odd to me but I'm told this is not uncommon.
Is my boss correct in his explanation and that #3 is not uncommon?