Everyone knows the feeling of trying to act normal, waiting for the day to give your notice or resignation letter. For an employee, it’s a matter of waiting for your time to run out. But for an employer, there is a lot more at stake. Some companies are blindsided by a departure and have to scramble to find a replacement, which can cost as much as 150 percent of the annual salary of the employee that left. That’s why it’s important to recognize the issues your employees are having before it’s too late. Here are four signs your employee is about to quit your company.
Using Up All Their Vacation and Sick Days
If one of your employees has been requesting an awful lot of time off, it may be an indicator they are using up all of their paid time off before they fly the coop. Alternatively, it can also be a sign that they’re disengaged at work, which we’ve covered here at the Beekeeper blog.
Also be on the lookout for employees that are taking seemingly random days off here and there. An odd amount of “dentist appointments” may be a sign that they are actually taking interviews looking for a different position.
A Sudden Decrease in Engagement
Employees that are disengaged at work typically stop being productive. A recent study by Tim Gardner, an associate professor at the Utah State University Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, identified ten behaviors that occur with disengaged employees. Gardner also found that these behaviors tend to show themselves about one to two months before an employee actually quits. If you see an employee that is suddenly acting disengaged at work, it may be a good idea to ask them how they’re feeling to get a sense of where their mind is at.
Pushing Off Responsibilities to Other Workers
Typically employees take on more and more responsibilities as their role expands at word. When employees are looking to quit their job they typically do the opposite, by slowly giving their responsibilities to co-workers.
This can be problematic for two reasons. First, it can wreak havoc in companies that have clear workflows and systems in place. Second, it can cause resentment among co-workers because one employee is not pulling their own weight in an organization.
A Sudden Change in Attitude
No employee has ever quit their job and felt unjustified in doing it. Maybe they don’t feel valued at their workplace or are not longer fulfilled by their work. Negative and unhappy workers can quickly poison the culture that an organization has spent years building.
That’s why it’s important to have managers that can recognize toxic attitudes and address it quickly with their employees. By doing this it gives companies the opportunities to nip the negative vibe in the bud or even turn it around and resolve the conflict.
In all of these cases, there lies an opportunity to make a clean break with an employee or turn the situation around. But the key lies in actively preventing issues from lingering. By using the best communication tools at your disposal, your company can do its best to retain employees and prevent unhappy ones from hurting your culture.