It never feels great when a valued team member quits, and often times the move may feel completely out of nowhere. Sometimes resignations do come without any warning, but in most cases, you can see it coming. As the boss, you must pay close attention to your team and read between the lines for any negative change in behavior.
Consider yourself warned of a possible departure if someone who was once a star employee begins to exhibit any of these three signs.
Sudden Onset of Habitual Lateness
If a formerly perfectly punctual employee starts to show up late on a regular basis, something is probably up. Scheduling job interviews can be a challenge when you’re gainfully employed, so people often try to fit them in before work. Sometimes these meetings go longer than expected, causing the person to run late to their current job. In addition to tardiness caused by job interviews, this behavior can also be a sign of sheer unhappiness, as the person no longer cares whether they make it into the office on time or not.
Behavior Towards Management Starts to Change
When an employee is happy at work and plans to be with the company for years to come, they want to make a great impression on management. Take note if your employee used to be very talkative and friendly to company leaders, but now does everything possible to fade into the background. There’s a very good chance the person is discouraged with organizational leadership or feeling a bit guilty because they know they’re on their way out.
Decrease in Performance
An engaged employee works hard each day to make a great impression, so if someone who once outperformed the rest of your team has started to slack, there’s definitely a reason. A person who once exceeded expectations every day doesn’t become an underachiever at random. It’s very likely the employee has mentally checked out of your organization and is now directing their energy towards finding a new job.
While these three signs point to a resignation letter on your desk in the near future, that’s not the only reason for this type of behavior. Something you’re unaware of in the employee’s personal life or an issue in your own office could also be the root of the problem, so sit down with the person to discuss it. Taking the time to address the problem shows you care, which may boost morale and get things back to normal.
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