How can businesses best respond to a changing work landscape where employees do not frequently spend their entire lives loyal to the same company? The answer appears in offboarding programs, which creates a network of former employees. Boler College management professor Allison Dachner and her colleague University of Akron management professor Erin Makarius explore this topic in research that they shared in Harvard Business Review’s podcast, HBR IdeaCast.

Their research found that just as universities maintain alumni networks, companies should be using an offboarding strategy to keep their former employees networked. Maintaining these connections leads to more employee referrals, new business, expert consulting, or even re-employment. Learn more about Dachner and Makarius’s insights by listening to the podcast, “The Competitive Advantage of an Offboarding Program.”