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I am looking for a single word that you would use when someone has left a company. This can be because the person quit, they are fired, retired,...
I was thinking about Discharged but that seems like it only means fired. I thought of other words like Out of service but that just feels like it's a machine.
Is there a single word that I can use to describe this status?

I really need it to be a single word.  I want to use it like a kind of “stamp” to add over the person’s profile picture in our intranet.

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    Erm... but He has left the company IS often a "less aggressive" version of The company sacked him. An even more "weasely" euphemism is The company had to let him go. Aug 7, 2018 at 14:43
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    He and the company have parted ways or He has separated from the company or He no longer works for the company ... Aug 7, 2018 at 14:45
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    How hard is your requirement that it be a single word? Is that simply preferable, or is that an absolute requirement?
    – JoshG
    Aug 7, 2018 at 14:49
  • I really need it to be a single word. I want to use it like a kind of "stamp" to add over the person's profile picture in our intranet.
    – Teebs
    Aug 8, 2018 at 6:24
  • Oh, does that mean your single word even needs to cover people who've died? And at the other extreme of finality, interns who've completed their internships and have already accepted offers to return after they graduate? That's quite a range there.
    – ruakh
    Aug 8, 2018 at 14:53

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Any person who leaves a company for whatever reason becomes an ex employee.
The OP can join the compound with a hyphen, i.e. ex-employee, if a single-word is absolutely necessary. Google reports thousands of instances using this form.

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  • Although not exactly what I was looking for, this might be the closest answer.
    – Teebs
    Aug 9, 2018 at 12:10
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There may not be a single word for what you are asking. Terminating employment is generally so fraught with circumstances and combinations of circumstances (voluntary/involuntary, for cause/down-sizing, retiring/found a better job, personality conflict, etc.) that descriptions will either be very specific or deliberately obscure. Neither case lends itself to single words.

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What about "Bob switched/changed companies"?

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    I thought of that, but I really need a single word. Also this couldn't be used when the person retired.
    – Teebs
    Aug 8, 2018 at 6:26
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Not at all pejorative, and suggests they've more to do:

alumnus
plural alumni
2 : a person who is a former member, employee, contributor, or inmate
- a Saturday Night Live alumnus
--M-W

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I think the word "resign" is a good and more formal alternative. "Vacate" is also another formal verb with the same meaning.

He resigned from his job.

or something like

He will vacate his position next week.
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    Do those words not indicate that the decision to quit was his alone? It doesn't feel like you would say resigned when the person was fired or went into retirement.
    – Teebs
    Aug 8, 2018 at 6:25
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You could always use "exited" (ie, they have exited the company). It's very non-descript as to why they left and I feel not aggressive at all.

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I would like to suggest the word "unavailable"; it is vague enough to cover every conceivable reason for the employee not being employed there, and it fits on a stamp.

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    Unavailable suggests that they might become available at some later stage. May 18, 2021 at 17:52

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