In today’s world of “knowledge workers,” people are paid for their ideas: to create original knowledge products or add value to existing products. It takes a lot of hard work and energy to take something from concept to reality, and as such, it’s no wonder that workers pride in their outputs. Up to half of employees take a portfolio of files with them when they leave. Oftentimes, the data they take is harmless and already available in the public realm. But in other scenarios, departing employees aren’t just looking to compile a portfolio of their proudest accomplishments—they’re knowingly stealing intellectual property (IP) from their organizations to benefit another entity, gain a competitive business advantage, start a competing organization or gain personal financial benefit.
Because of this very real possibility, it is imperative for today’s enterprises to be aware of the risks when employees leave. And leave they will, whether in search of better pay, better management, more fulfilling work, or one of countless other reasons. In the infographic below, you’ll see some quick facts about departing employees—and how they can impact your business.
For more on this topic, be sure to check out the white paper “Protecting Data in the Age of Employee Churn.”