If you’ve ever been caught off guard by a star employee handing in their notice, you might want to heed the results of a recent study that identified the top 10 signs a great worker is about to walk out the door. For the study, researchers at Utah State University interviewed employees who had voluntarily left their jobs and identified the following warning signs:
- Workers become more reserved and quiet.
- Star employees stop offering constructive contributions during meetings.
- Staffers seem reluctant to commit to long-term projects.
- Workers become less interested in opportunities for advancement.
- Employees seem less interested in pleasing their bosses or how their performance will impact their next performance review.
- Staffers avoid social interactions with their superiors and other members of management.
- Employees stop making suggestions for new process improvements.
- Workers seem to be phoning it in and only want to do the bare minimum.
- Employees become less interested in participating in training and development programs.
- Workers become less productive…and they don’t seem to care!
Now, the researchers warn that it is entirely possible that a worker could exhibit one, two or even three of these behaviors and have no intention of leaving (even if you might want them to!), but if a worker is exhibiting any of the behaviors above, it’s certainly worth a conversation to gage what’s going on.
Further, the researchers also went ahead and listed a series of behaviors that you could intiailly think might be signs that a worker is starting to jump ship, but that actually don’t always correlate highly with an employee voluntarily handing in their resignation. These behaviors include:
- Workers having lots of doctor appointments.
- Employees showing up in a suit.
- Staffers who start showing up late.
- Employees failing to return phone calls and emails.
- Workers taking lots of sick days.
- Staffers punching out early.
- Employees taking more vacation time.
To read the full study, please click here.