WORKPLACE / NOV. 14, 2014
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How to Tell if an Employee is Looking for Another Job

In the United States, approximately two million Americans voluntarily leave their jobs every single month, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In fact, in the past decade, roughly two percent of the working population quit their job each month, and career experts say that number won’t be decreasing, even in a questionable labor market. 

Whether it’s overall dissatisfaction with the position or frustration with a lack of pay increases, millions of Americans are always seeking greener pastures at another business, non-profit organization or an entirely different industry altogether. It’s common for workers to feel underappreciated and stressed, especially in today’s economy when enterprises are continuing to tighten their belts. 

Studies have found that the new generation of workers, mostly comprised of millennials, job hop and head from job to job every two years. In fact, according to some business analysts, this can be healthy because it allows workers to enhance their skills, adapt to different work environments and gain more working experience. 

However, a revolving door workforce can hurt companies because it requires new training, a fresh crop of workers that may not fully understand how the company operates and greater human resources costs. Employers may be suspicious that a certain employee, who has a fantastic record and produces quality work, is seeking new employment opportunities. But how do they know? 

READ: How to Change Your Resume So You Can Change Careers 

Here are six signs to tell if an employee is looking for another job: 

1. Indifference 

When a stellar employee, who is usually the first one to arrive and last one to leave, suddenly revises their routine, hands in shoddy assignments and takes longer breaks, then it’s definitely a hint that they might be about to pack up and leave. An apathetic employee may believe that they don’t have to care anymore because they will soon be exiting the firm for good. 

2. Attire 

A lot of companies have relaxed their office dress codes to allow for more casual attires. When one employee has taken full advantage of this benefit for the past year, but then suddenly sports a suit or a dress, then it’s very possible they’re not simply attending the opening night at the opera. It’s quite certain that they’re going on job interviews. 

3. Time off 

If an employee has maintained a stupendous attendance record for the last three years of their employment, but has suddenly requested time off at the most random days and times then it’s likely they’re going to a job interview. 

READ: How to Build an Effect and Productive Team 

4. Disinterest in interaction 

For years, one employee suffered through the torment of interacting with other staff members discussing the mundane. However, in the past couple of days, the employee has isolated themselves from the office personnel and has essentially been a recluse being the last one to arrive and the first one to leave. Perhaps this is a red flag they’re leaving for good. 

5. Constant complaining 

When employees maintain a certain level of disdain for the job they’ll usually keep quiet about it. In the last week or so, the worker has constantly complained about everything relating to his or her position, the company, the office, the staff and even the lunchroom. Since they’re leaving, why should they bite their tongue anymore? 

6. Increase in technology use 

Oftentimes, an employee will search for work and peruse the job boards while they’re at the office. When they do this, their body will cover their entire monitor, they will minimize a window if they feel someone will walk by or they’ll clear the cookies. Or, a worker will consistently check their phone for missed calls and voicemails from a potential employer. 

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Reports have highlighted how it can cost a company a considerable amount of money when an employee resigns, such as a loss of time, putting a strain on existing team members and money to train a new employee. In order to retain a perfect employee, here are a few pointers: 

  • Treat them with respect 
  • Sympathize if they have personal issues 
  • Offer a raise when they excel 
  • Celebrate their work 
  • Provide flexible work options 

Follow this advice and you might just retain your best workers that much longer.

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