The major concern for employers is employee turnover. Resignation of your loyal employee can be expensive as it involves the cost of hiring, training, onboarding, lost productivity, and business errors. An HR professional suffers this loss besides losing an employee. HR and managers should be aware of the signs that an employee is about to quit. In some cases, there are obvious signs like skipping meetings, not following up on a project, showing late at work, showing less zest towards their job.
Signs An Employee Shows Before Quitting
Drop in Productivity: An important sign when a normally productive, punctual, reliable employee suddenly becomes dependable or less productive. Any behavioral changes like showing up at work but not being fully present is a huge sign that your employee is going to quit.
Major Life Changes: Major life changes an employee may come across in his life are getting married, divorced, having children, sick family members, or purchasing a new home. These major changes can shake things up and influence an employee whether to stay or leave your company. For example, having a child can force someone to look for a job that pays more money.
Less Communicative And Less Fulfilled: Communication is a key factor in any modern workplace environment. Good communication flow in your company will lead to fewer arguments, more productivity, and compatibility between your workforce. Good communicators can be easily spotted. If an employee is no longer satisfied with the job position, he will show less productivity or invest little time in the work. HRs should consider these signs as a quitting sign.
Avoiding New Assignments: Is your employee backing off to accept a new assignment? Is he coming up with new excuses for not scheduling certain tasks for the future? This indicates that he has something locked up ahead and doesn’t want to put his manager in a worse situation by not completing the work or extending the deadline. Your employee may feel that he is helping you out by not taking up work and expecting that the work should be handover to someone else in the company so that some other person can get used to that work and take it over after they leave for a new job.
By noticing these signs, intervene at the right time before it’s too late. Employees are different from each other; some are open and are willing to share their reason for quitting while some are not. If you find an employee quitting, handle with professionalism, give them an understanding which would benefit both the company and employee.
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