4 common signs an employee is about to quit



If you’re worried about unexpected resignations within your team, then you need to be on the lookout for common signs an employee is about to quit. These signs can be decent indicators that an employee is about to part ways with your company.


While some reasons may be unavoidable, others may not. Let’s break down common signs an employee is about to quit and provide you with a few solid tips on how to prevent this from happening.


What are common signs an employee is about to quit?

Every boss knows the sinking feeling that comes when a valued employee gives notice. But in many cases, there are warning signs that an employee is getting ready to quit. By keeping an eye out for these signs, you may be able to head off (or at the very least, prepare for) a resignation before it happens.


Common signs an employee is about to quit:

  • Productivity Drop: One common sign that an employee is considering quitting is a sudden drop in productivity. If an otherwise reliable worker starts missing deadlines or making mistakes or taking longer than usual on simple tasks, it may be a sign that they no longer care about their job.

  • Change In Work Ethic: Another sign is a change in work ethic. If an employee who used to be positive and engaged starts coming in late and taking longer lunches, it may be a sign that they're checked out and ready for a change.

  • Difference In Attitude: There are also employees who may come off as rude or inconsiderate to managers or other coworkers (when they may not have been otherwise). This is likely due to the fact that they have other plans that don’t involve their current employer – because of this, they’re not afraid of repercussions.

  • Increased Distance: Employees who are planning to quit may start to distance themselves from their colleagues. If someone who used to be social begins eating lunch alone or skipping after-work drinks, it may be a sign that they're not invested in the company anymore.

Of course, not all employees who exhibit these behaviors will necessarily quit, but it's important to be aware of the warning signs. By keeping an eye out for early indications that an employee may be planning to leave, you can take steps to address the issue before it reaches the point of no return.

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How can you convince an employee not to quit?

It can be incredibly frustrating when a good employee unexpectedly gives notice – or worse, quits unexpectedly. You may feel angry, overwhelmed, and even betrayed. However, it is important to remember that people have different motivations for leaving their jobs, and there may be a way to convince your employee to stay.


Here are a few good ways to persuade an employee not to quit:

  • Understand: Try to understand why the employee is considering quitting. Is it something specific about their job, or are they unhappy with the company as a whole? If it is something specific, see if there is a way to address the issue. For example, if they are unhappy with their workload, see if you can redistribute some of their tasks to other team members.

  • Provide: If the employee who is quitting for a job with more of something, prod a bit to see what that “something” is. Would they like more flex time? A better benefits package? If the employee is a valuable asset to the company, then it may be worth the investment to match their current offer.

  • Explain: In other situations, it may be that the employee doesn’t feel valued or appreciated within their current role. If this is the ase, make sure you explain how much they mean to you, the team, and the company. Make suggestions for providing regular feedback and additional incentives in the future. This may be the one simple, yet important, thing they’re looking for in an employer.

Ultimately, it may come down to a personal decision on the part of your employee, but it is always worth trying to keep a good member of your team on board.

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Incentive programs that go beyond money

Most businesses understand the importance of happy, engaged employees. After all, satisfied workers are more productive, stay with the company longer, and provide better customer service. But what's the best way to keep employees happy?


Many businesses offer incentive programs that recognize and reward hard work. However, not all incentive programs are created equal. To truly engage and motivate employees, businesses need to get creative.


Studies have shown that monetary incentives are often less effective than non-monetary rewards such as acknowledgement, flexible work hours, or additional vacation time. So if you're looking to boost employee morale, it's time to think outside the bonus check.


By offering a mix of both financial and non-financial incentives, you can create a program that will appeal to a wide range of employees and help keep them engaged and motivated.


Effective examples of non-monetary incentive programs can include:

  • Gym memberships

  • An extra week or two of vacation days

  • Flexible, remote working schedule

  • Weekly catered work lunches

  • Paid learning opportunities

  • Paid volunteer time

  • No meeting days

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