Ex-Employees, Social Networks, and the Reverse Flow of Knowledge

Originally posted at Wikinomics.com

In my research on how social networks can be leveraged for talent purposes, one of the core themes that has emerged has been how organizations can evolve relationships with candidates throughout a more complete employment lifecycle. Traditionally, ex-employees have been viewed as unloyal, traitors and not to be trusted. After all, an employee who leaves is likely taking all their knowledge with them to the next company, right?
But in an economy so demanding of maintaining relationships with talented individuals, does it make sense to cut ties with those who walk out the door? And does it necessarily mean that an organization loses that knowledge altogether?

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