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The 5-step plan for handling an employee’s 2-weeks’ notice

For a smooth exit that’s favorable to both employee and employer, follow these steps for any departure.

Voluntary quits rose slightly in 2023

Voluntary resignations rose 5.3% from 2022 to 2023, according to new research by the iHire online recruiting website. Based on a survey of more than 4,100 workers and employers across 57 industries, 43.4% of employees quit a job in the last 12 months.

Stealth layoff: Beware using return-to-office mandates to encourage resignations

Perhaps seeing an opportunity to avoid legal peril, some employers have reportedly started requiring employees to return to the office as a back-door way to implement stealth layoffs. The apparent hope: Some workers will refuse to abandon remote work and will quit voluntarily instead of returning to in-person work.

At-will employment, Hotel California-style

The Eagles’ classic-rock hit “Hotel California” says, “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.” A McDonald’s franchisee has allegedly taken that sentiment to another level by posting a sign that forbids employees from quitting.

Quick quitting could be coming your way

You’ve heard of “quiet quitting,” when employees perform the bare minimum required and clock out precisely when their workday ends. Well, you’ve got a new nightmare—quick quitting! That refers to a worker who leaves your employ within six months to a year.

Snapshot: Great Resignation has resigned

Fewer workers are quitting, and job listings are dropping (though they are still higher than pre-pandemic levels).

Women exit in record numbers

Female leaders are leaving their companies at the highest rate in years, and the gap between male and female leaders leaving is the largest ever seen, according to Lean In’s 2022 Women in the Workplace Report.

Why so many HR employees are quitting

New data from LinkedIn reveals a disturbing trend. As part of the Great Resignation, HR has the highest turnover of all job functions, with a quit rate of 15% over the last 12 months.

Twin perils: ‘Quiet quitting’ and ‘quiet firing’

Two buzzwords have been making the rounds in HR. “Quiet quitting” describes the practice of employees doing the bare minimum required of their jobs, not caring if they get fired. Then there’s “quiet firing,” which describes the flip-side—when employers passively try to push employees out the door Both practices carry huge risks for employers.

Despite recession risk, 31% of workers plan to quit

Even as signs of a forthcoming recession mount, the Great Resignation’s momentum continues. A new survey by The Conference Board reveals that one-third of workers are still actively looking for a new job.