An employee’s intention to resign often can have a domino effect on coworkers.

“Turnover contagion is defined as an employee’s transmission of their intention to leave to people around them and occurs as humans tend to compare themselves to others or imitate others’ withdrawal from the organization,” according to a new Visier Insights Report. “In other words, when an employee begins to behave in a way that lets their colleagues think they may be looking for a new job or if they actually resign, other employees may be triggered to follow suit.”

Visier finds that when a voluntary resignation occurs, employees on their team are 9.1% more likely to leave. They are 7.7% more likely to leave after an involuntary resignation occurs on their team. Other key findings from the report include:

 

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