Freedom of choice is as true in employment as it is in any other aspect of life. Being a hard-working staffer does not exclude a person from looking at a new career opportunity. Employees look for new jobs for many different reasons, and not all job searches end with an employee resigning. In some cases, a job search can reaffirm for people that they have a great job at a fabulous company and are more than fairly compensated.
If you find out a co-worker is job-hunting, even if that person tells you, it is not your responsibility to share this information. At the same time, you aren't responsible to "cover" for that person if the job hunt takes them out of the office during business hours or otherwise distracts them from work. You can speak to the co-worker directly if their actions burden you with extra responsibilities.
If you are concerned that a co-worker's job hunt will harm your organization - for example, if your co-worker asks you to resign and join another company, or if your colleague is soliciting clients - you have a moral responsibility to your company to let your employer know that someone is endangering the organization. Remember that a person harming the company can also impact your career. You have a vested interested in keeping your employer strong.
Donna Renella is VP of talent at Constituency Management Group.
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