SIGNS AN EMPLOYEE IS HEADED FOR THE DOOR
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Star employees are an asset to every business, being the high achievers who not only have a positive impact on your company but on also on the workforce around them. There are few things more frustrating than walking into work on a Monday morning to find your star employee giving two weeks’ notice — when you had no idea they were job-hunting.
Managers will often ask if they could have seen it coming. Were there warning signs? Could I have prevented them from leaving if I’d seen the signs?
Some of the signs of an unhappy employee will be obvious — absenteeism, tardiness, and negative attitude — although with your star employee, some signs may not immediately stand out. These signs can include:
No more complaints of daily irritations. Many star employees will continually give you an earful of seemingly petty issues around the office, but once it stops, you’re in trouble. People stop complaining when they realise their energy is best invested elsewhere.
They become ultra-efficient and helpful. You might think an employee would become apathetic, but with your star employee, they are more likely to suddenly pick up their pace. Watch out for outstanding projects suddenly being completed, loose ends getting tied up and issues are being resolved. Great employees care about their work, and even if they’re choosing to take their talent elsewhere, chances are they want to leave on good terms.
Watch their social activity on LinkedIn. If you notice a sudden upsurge in new connections, groups joined, or articles being shared, it could be an indication, your employee is trying to boost their social profile. But on it’s own shouldn’t specifically raise any red flags.
“They have great teeth,” is a comment I saw that brought a smile to my face. While they may not necessarily be heading off to the dentist regularly, new employees do tend to avoid taking time off when they start a new job, so a steady stream of legitimate appointments could mean there is a resignation on the horizon.
When statistics become very sort after. If your star employee suddenly starts asking where to find last year’s sales by territory, then it’s possible they are preparing to ‘wow’ a new prospective employer with their accomplishments.
It’s never nice to lose an employee, especially if they’re your star recruit. But, if you’re in touch with your team, you’ll be able to notice these signs early, giving you time to find a solution.
Next week, I’ll give you some tips on what to do next.
If your top sales staff are still leaving, then be sure to conduct a thorough exit interview to find out the real reasons behind their resignation.
Would you like us to do a business climate survey? Your HR on Tap can interview and survey your entire office for some worthwhile feedback to help you not only improve as a business but also to retain your best staff.
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