10 Mistakes Employees Make When Leaving

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The ten most common mistakes employees make when leaving their jobs. Not only may some of these mistakes get the employee in legal trouble, but they can also clue in an employer that the departing employee may be engaging in some suspicious behavior that can harm the employer’s interests.

  • Taking business records with them.
  • Telling clients that they are considering leaving the company or are leaving the company.
  • Telling co-workers that they are leaving the company before telling management.
  • Sabotaging records.
  • Granting an exit interview.
  • Failing to segregate between private company information and public information.
  • Accessing the office after hours when they do not normally do so.
  • Bad mouthing the firm on the way out.
  • Failing to work until the last minute.
  • Failing to consult an attorney prior to resigning.

While it may seem obvious, employers should specifically instruct new hires not to take any business records or any other company information with them if they ever should leave. If any employer gets wind that an employee is doing any of these things, or if the employee has suddenly or suspiciously resigned (e.g., at 5 p.m. on a Friday), an employer should take some immediate steps to protect itself, including:

  • Get the employee to do an exit interview so you can find out about the employee’s new job and confirm that the employee has not taken any business records or copies of business records.
  • Make sure that the employee has returned all electronic devices and that he or she does not have any company information such as client contact information on their personal devices.
  • Supervise the employee’s access to his or her office and his or her departure from the building.
  • Give the employee a copy of any restrictive covenants to remind the employee of his or her obligations.
  • Talk to other employees about the departing employee to find out what they know and if the employee has engaged in any suspicious behavior.
  • Disable the employee’s access to the premises and your computer system.
  • Inspect the employee’s files and computer to see if anything is missing.
  • Immediately reassign all of the employee’s accounts and clients, and have the employee’s replacement ask your clients if they have heard from the former employee.

Implement a checklist of actions to take immediately when an employee resigns and assign these tasks to a specific employee.

Source: Business & Legal Reports, Inc.

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