Deal Killers: Loss of Key Employees

If you have certain employees who are critical to operations and would be hard to replace, take steps to secure them before a sale.

Noncompete contracts can be one way to reduce employee defections. Take a look at your employee agreements, too, and ensure you have appropriate non-disclosure and “no raid” covenants.

Give careful consideration to “stay bonuses” as well. Provide an incentive for employees to stay for a period of time post-closing. Talk with your advisors and buyers about other incentives, such as stock options, which can minimize defections.

For advice on exit planning or selling a business, contact Al Statz, CEO of Exit Strategies Group, Inc., at alstatz@exitstrategiesgroup.comExit Strategies Group is a partner in the Cornerstone International Alliance.