Is An Employee About to Leave?

March 17th, 2015

Keeping great talent onboard can be a challenge, and sometimes employees leave even when you think they are engaged. Learning to recognize the signals that an employee is on his way out will give you a jumpstart on replacing him/her. Of course, some employees make it more obvious than others do when they have intentions to leave a current job. Watch for these various signs. 

They Act Apathetic.

It’s never a good sign when an employee acts like he or she no longer cares about the job or their specific duties. This may mean they have mentally checked out of their responsibilities and are putting their efforts toward finding a new job instead. 

They Ask For Time Off.

If an employee is asking for time off during work hours on multiple accounts, this might be an indicator that he or she is going to interview for other jobs during those hours. It’s normal for employees to have one to two medical appointments every other month, but if you start to notice patterns, you may have an answer. If you’re really concerned about how much time your employee is taking off, try talking to him or her about it. 

They Ask Questions About Pay and/or Benefits.

It’s normal for employees to ask questions about pay and/or benefits when they start working for your company. These are genuine questions they want to have answered for their own knowledge and self-assurance. If an employee starts asking questions about having an increase in pay or benefits, he or she might be weighing them with an offer from another company. Discuss why they feel entitled to it. They may give a good reason, or they may be considering leaving. 

They Tell Other Colleagues.

Often, employees will express their desire to leave their current job to coworkers. This could be in a casual conversation or a series of e-mails, but the transition usually doesn’t come as a surprise to their closest coworkers. Pay attention to office conversation. 

Sometimes employees just leave. Contact Olympic Staffing. We will match you with great employees, who match your company standards and hiring procedures.



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