This list exists not to necessarily prompt dedicated calls or in-depth career path discussions solely at these times—those should be taking place all year long—but to help leaders be aware of the power milestones can have on the individual at key points. This list speaks to an endless cycle of influence these circumstances have on your team. And, while there will always be another event that pops up, whether your high potentials take those triggers as an opportunity to leave will depend on their engagement and satisfaction.
Leading with emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and a keen predictive sense can help your team feel validated and help you focus your efforts on those team members who may need it the most.
These milestones are merely triggers. The catalyst behind a choice to leave has likely been festering and should come as no surprise—lacking challenge, no logical career path, limited flexibility or feeling overworked and undervalued.