17 Signals Someone Is Going To Quit

April 18, 2016       The NonProfit Times      

Despite a manager’s best efforts or an organization’s noble mission, employees will leave, and that includes the good ones.

In their book “Hello Stay Interviews, Goodbye Talent Loss,” Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans offer several warning signs or observations that could mean someone has a foot out the door. They include:

* A project is winding down, no clear next step;

* Blocked promotional or learning opportunities;

* Doing the same thing for years, and bored;

* Perceived or real takeaways (something lost — the water cooler, e.g. — not a lesson learned);

* Poor or no relationship with the boss;

* Recent or pending downsizing;

* Friends have left the company;

* No apparent career path;

* Hot job market;

* “She used to contribute in meetings and is now very quiet. Her heart just doesn’t seem in it;”

* “Every day now he arrives late, leaves early, and takes long lunches;”

* “A sign they might leave is making a major update to their LinkedIn profile. Every time I’ve seen that, it turned out they were looking;”

* “When they stop volunteering for special projects or task forces, I worry that the thrill is gone;”

* “When the former optimist turns pessimist, I wonder what’s up. It could be something else, or it could be the job;”

* “One guy started showing his buddies the job openings he was finding on the Internet;”

* “A younger employee asked several people at work to review her updated resume;” and,

* “When they used to always join the Friday night happy hour and now they don’t.”

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