I've seen some headhunting in my days. For those who don't know, headhunting is a word to describe tying to lure away experienced employees to stave off some of the learning curve for the new hires.
At one retail store where I worked, managers would get together and go shopping at the competition’s store as spies. They called it “comp shopping.”
They would carpool and split up when they got there, walk around the store for a while, find something small, buy it, and leave. Then, they would have a meeting to compare notes when they got back to our store.
Occasionally, we would get new leads who had previously worked for competitors, and I always wondered if they got picked up on one of these adventures. This method, other than being quite underhanded, has an insidious underside.
So here is how it works. You hire staff away from the competition by offering them a dollar or so more an hour to start. This way you have experienced staff on hand to both open the new store and train the other new employees who do not have experience (and who start at the min wage).
THEN, after a couple of months, you start cutting the hours of the higher costing employees to entice them to leave (or use other methods) so that you can then replace them with more min wage employees.
They got what they wanted out of them, the higher labor budget is built into the new store or position but eventually the company wants the payroll down the what they consider “normal”.