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Study Suggests That Employees Begin to Work and Engage With Others Less in Weeks Leading Up to Departure

  • Worker productivity software company scrutinizes employee behavior in weeks leading up to their departure from a business
  • Those who leave show more volatility in workday, co-worker interactions, and other areas
  • Workers who stay end up putting in more hours during co-worker’s final weeks

Summary by Dirk Langeveld

Research by the worker productivity software company Prodoscore suggests that employees begin to show signs of checking out in the weeks leading up to their departure from a company. Small business owners can thus get a better sense of which workers may be planning to quit by making note of their work interactions.

Prodoscore scrutinized 3,000 to 5,000 employee records and 2 million data points for the study. Its main findings included:

  • Employees showed more volatility in their workdays, daily calendar time, e-mail volume, and interaction with co-workers in the weeks leading up to their departure
  • Indicators typically appear about seven weeks out and become more pronounced three weeks before departure
  • Employees who were terminated had steadily reduced their workday and interactions in the weeks prior to this decision
  • Employees who stayed worked more hours in the weeks leading up to co-workers’ departures

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