A few social media signs that an employee is leaving:
- The Obvious – A Linked-In or Facebook profile update that includes the name of a person’s new employer;
- The Obvious – An actual description of the new employer or business in a social media profile;
- The Obvious – A status update where the employee announces their departure;
- The Obvious – A posted link to the new business or venture;
- The Obvious – Outright solicitations from the former employee to the employer’s customers;
- The Obvious – General solicitations for business or leads;
- Subtle – A request for a reference for a website designer or IT help;
- Subtle – A request for a reference for someone to put together business cards, stationary, etc. – basically anything someone would need to start up a business;
- Subtle – A request for legal advice regarding business entities (the new business will need a corporate form; and
- Though not a necessarily social media related, a request from the employee for their employment contract.
The interesting byproduct of social media sites is that many employees now maintain their business contacts on line. A departing employee will alert their contacts that they are leaving. The question then becomes what can or will the employer do to keep their clients/customers?