Dallas Morning News
Human resources executive Karen LaCroix shared five warning signs that an employee may resign. LaCroix is president and founder of Frisco, Texas-based SuperiorHR. She has spent more than 25 years in human resources, working in industries such as health care, financial services, manufacturing, technology and oil and gas.
Positivity becomes pessimism: Do you hear employees grumbling about work, procedures, management, or day-to-day activities? Keep your ears open for verbal or written communication that signals unhappiness with the company or the position.
Huh? Are you talking to me? If you notice an employee isn't participating; makes frequent mistakes (more than the norm); seems bored, tired or otherwise disengaged; or who doesn't pay attention in meetings or contribute to discussions, you may be dealing with someone who's mentally already out the door.
Desk no-show: The computer monitor stays dark. Papers haven't moved. The coffee cup needed washing days ago. An employee who misses work more than usual may seem like an obvious sign of dissatisfaction, but you'll know about it only if you're engaged with the daily activities of your team, or if you've challenged your managers to do so.
Lone wolf: There are always employees who volunteer for project work or want to contribute to the team, department or organization. If you notice that a once-social employee seems quiet, spends time alone or distances himself on purpose, you may have a situation in which he's preparing for a clean break.
Rumor mill is churning: Keep your ears perked to discussions about what's going on in your department or company. If you overhear that an employee is unhappy or looking for a job, or any similar topic, follow up as appropriate. Rumors are often rooted in truth, and many times they're worth some attention.