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Hiring and Retention

We are seeing record levels of unemployment and finding good people is as difficult as ever, if not more so. This makes it ever more important that we do everything we can to keep the good people that we have.

10 warning signs a great employee is about to quit

Think you know the signs when someone is about to quit — having lots of doctor appointments, showing up in a suit, etc.? Well, according to new research, the cues that someone is about to jump ship are much subtler. Tim Gardner, an associate professor at Utah State University’s Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, conducted a study on voluntary turnover and found employees often showed the same behavioral changes in the months leading up to their departures.

Here’s a list worth passing along to managers so they can help you save checked-out employees before it’s too late:

  • Employees become more reserved and quiet.
  • Workers seem to “tune out” in meetings and stop offering constructive contributions.
  • Employees show an increased reluctance to commit to long-term projects.
  • Workers become less interested in opportunities to advance.
  • Staffers become less interested in pleasing their bosses and don’t seem to care about how their performance will impact their next review.
  • Workers avoid social interactions with their superiors and other members of management.
  • Employees stop making suggestions for new processes.
  • Workers only do the bare minimum and no longer go beyond the call of duty.
  • Employees become less interested in participating in training and development programs (for themselves and/or others).
  • Staffers’ productivity goes down, and they seem aware but don’t care about the problem.

Of course, it’s possible for one or two of these to apply to an employee who isn’t looking to leave — but even then, it’s still something worth addressing. And, as you can imagine, the more that apply to a single individual, the more you can bet he or she is thinking of jumping ship.

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