All your employees are replaceable—except for the ones who aren’t! Your best employees have all those intangible, soft skills that not everyone has. The loss of any employee will set you back time, money, morale, but when your best employee leaves, it can be devastating. And it’s even worse if you didn’t see it coming. But if they’re leaving a trail of hints that they’re dissatisfied, you might be able to prevent it. Or at least prepare for the fallout. Here’s how to tell if your best employees are about to walk out the door.
Pay attention to their attitudes and what they say. If they’re complaining about their boss, their coworkers, or their workload, they might already be thinking of leaving. Was there a major impetus that might inspire unhappiness? Downsizing or restructuring? Did they miss a chance at a bonus, raise, or promotion? And quitting can get contagious. When other people quit or resign, everyone else starts to wonder whether they’d be happier at another company too. It’s your responsibility to keep morale high despite frustrations and departures.
Absences are increasing
At first the absences might be subtle. Like leaving early or coming in late, like they don’t really want to be there. And then those absences will get more intentional and noticeable. That means they’re probably interviewing or networking. They’ll probably come in the form of long lunches, funerals for distant relatives, and doctors’ appointments.
Suddenly your start employees are turning in mediocre or subpar work. Perhaps they don’t care anymore, or maybe they’re so distracted by their secret job search that they have little time to focus on their actual work. Either way, you can probably tell if their interest and enthusiasm for your company is waning. And if so, they’re most likely looking for new challenges elsewhere.
They’re building a brand
Pay attention to their social media accounts. Does it seem like they’re trying to show off their accomplishments? Have they been updating their LinkedIn accounts? They might be trying to impress hiring managers at other companies, either in person or online, in hopes of landing an interview.
They’re dressing up for something
If your top employees start dressing a few notches above their standard dress code, they’re probably interviewing. An upgraded wardrobe means they’re probably trying to impress somebody and if you’re already questioning their loyalty, it’s probably not you.
If some of these are true for your top employees, here’s your chance to intervene. Call them into your office and simply ask. Ask whether they’re okay if they’re getting antsy, and if there’s something you can do to make them happy. For more tips on keeping your best employees challenged, engaged, and satisfied, contact PrideStaff St. Pete Clearwater today.