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61% of employers consider it ethical for employees to move to competitors

61% of employers consider it ethical for employees to move to competitors

A recent survey conducted by Antal Russia discredits the widespread assertion that moving to competitors is regarded by former employers as "treason". 61% of employers believe that the moving of employees to competitors is ethical, and only 20% of companies use policies that prohibit staff from moving to competing organizations for a certain period of time after the termination of employment.

Over 88% of employers are willing to hire a specialist from a competitor, despite the high risk of information leakage. Vera Filatova, a senior manager at Antal Russia, says: &laquo Indeed, the majority of employers are interested in getting an employee who had previously worked for a competitor. Firstly, they are guided by the fact that these candidates have already had experience in this segment of the market and do not require a long adaptation period. In addition, such employees can bring new practices and good ideas for business development&raquo.

From employees’ point of view, 15% believe that moving to competitors is immoral, 45% do not see it as a problem and 40% say that it all depends on the relationship with the current employer. All the interviewees agree that a conscientious attitude is necessary with information acquired at the last place of employment. This information should be used without doing harm to the previous employer or aggravating the current one.

Candidates feel that the main advantages of moving to competitors are prospects for career and professional growth, increase in income and the opportunity to apply their accumulated knowledge to new challenges. At the same time, almost all fear new colleagues’ preconceptions.

Over 200 middle and senior managers took part in the inquiry.

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