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Research shows majority of workers are willing to quit if colleagues resign

Seven in 10 workers have admitted that seeing colleagues resign makes them consider quitting themselves, according to new research.

A study by Adecco, which polled 34,200 workers across 25 countries in April and May as part of its Global Workforce of The Future 2022 report, found that while the majority would only consider quitting, half of the respondents would actually hand in their notice.

When separated by country, the results showed that just under three in 10 (29 per cent) UK employees would consider leaving their current job, while employees from Australia (33 per cent) and Switzerland (32 per cent) were most likely to quit after colleagues departed.

Gemma Bullivant, HR coach and consultant, advised that promoting your organisation’s USP was key to luring returning employees back into the fold. “[Consider] what makes you stand out as an organisation, why people choose to join and stay, what you are doing right, and how you can leverage that to be even stronger,” said Bullivant, adding that it was crucial for businesses to remind leavers that the door is always open.

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