Onwards or Upwards: How To Spot Employees Who Want to Quit

11th September 2014
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Finding the best team for your business requires a great deal of energy and effort, from ensuring your job advertisements reach the right candidates to offering top quality training. However, once employees are hired, are employers doing enough to keep them? Here we look at the signs that signify an employee wants to leave, and the steps bosses can take to keep them happy.

What are the Signs?

Although it is rare to find a company with an entire team of happy and contented workers, there are a number of indications that an employee is either unhappy or thinking of moving on. Spotting these signs early can make it easier for employers find solutions to their employee’s grievances and help them achieve their goals within the company. Some of the telltale signals to watch out for include:

• Attitude: Has there been a recent change in attitude or mood of the employee with regards to how they approach their work? Are they becoming complacent or lazy concerning their day to day tasks or do they express displeasure at what they are expected to do?

• Time off: Does the employee request frequent days off or holiday time in spite of busy periods within the business? If employees request odd days off but not as official holiday requests, it may indicate that they are thinking of leaving and may not want holiday leave remaining that may be owed to them upon resigning.

• Lack of teamwork: Is the employee beginning to segregate themselves from the rest of the team? Are they less willing to take part in team-building exercises or training programs? If so, it may demonstrate a lack of interest progressing within their position which may mean they wish to grow and develop elsewhere.

• Changes in personal life: Keeping abreast as to the important events in employees’ lives may help work out who may not be willing to stay in their jobs. Events such as the birth of a child, a marriage or even a divorce can have an effect on an employee’s mindset and perhaps change the way they view their job, namely its importance when compared to larger and more personal life events.

How Can You Help?

Looking at each member of a team as individuals with hopes and dreams outside of the nature of the business is an important part of understanding workers needs more deeply. This can also help ascertain what changes employers need to make in order to raise morale and keep workers happy and at maximum productivity. Keeping channels of communication open is imperative if employees are to feel confident in expressing any problems or questions they may have about their role. It is important also to make sure workers feel valued and looked after if they are to visualise themselves growing and achieving their personal goals within the firm they already work for.

Of course it is par for the course that employees will move on, regardless of whether bosses are excellent or not so it is vital to make sure that you are ready to recruit again. If employers are to save themselves from an extensive financial fallout, they should use a low cost recruitment agency with fixed fee options. Fixed fee recruitment offers bosses the chance to employ again and minimise extra recruitment costs. We have a variety of fixed fee recruitment options should bosses need to replace staff who have left; so even if you have done everything possible to keep staff happy, there needn’t be any extra charges should you need to hire again!

"Looking at each member of a team as individuals with hopes and dreams outside of the nature of the business is an important part of understanding workers needs more deeply."