As a manager, employee turnover is one of your top concerns. Because of the cost of hiring, onboarding, training, lost productivity, and business errors are high, you need to be prepared for when staff members decide to leave. Here are three red flags that indicate your talent might soon quit.
Your Talent Often Is Absent
If an employee who rarely called in sick or took long vacations is at work much less often, they may be looking for another job. Your team members might feel frustrated, discouraged, or undervalued and want to work where they feel appreciated. A disengaged team member typically takes longer breaks, uses up paid time off, and maxes out their benefits before leaving. If they show up for work, they might not commit to long-term projects that may impact their departure date. Your teammate could take more personal calls, such as those from prospective employers wanting to meet with them or offer them a job. Often being absent could indicate participating in job interviews. Suddenly gaining connections, joining groups, and sharing articles on LinkedIn may indicate an active job search.
Your Talent Has Stagnated in Their Role
If your employee has remained in the same position for a significant amount of time, they may be ready to work elsewhere. This is especially true if your team member recently was passed over for a raise or promotion. They may be less productive, reliable, or interested in pleasing you. Rather than coming in early and staying late when needed, your teammate might show up late and leave early. Instead of participating in conferences and seminars, your employees might not want to add to their skill set to benefit your organization. They also could delegate assignments to colleagues without authorization to get the work done without doing it themselves.
Your Talent Acts More Reserved
If your employee used to be highly engaged with coworkers and now is quiet, they could be leaving the company. Rather than providing valuable insights and contributions, your teammate might keep to him- or herself during team building activities, lunch breaks, meetings, and other social situations. They might rarely talk with you about anything, including innovative ideas that can move the company forward. Having recently completed a degree, license, or certification may be a sign your team member wants to work elsewhere. They might stop returning phone calls and emails to avoid answering questions about their behavior. Blocking their computer screen, covering papers, and keeping their office door closed more than usual are signs of a job search in progress.
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