4 signs that your staff may be thinking of quitting.

It’s easy to get complacent with good staff and not make an effort to ensure they continue to be happy working in your firm. Staff quitting can be very disruptive to any business, no matter how big or small. No two people are alike when you ask them what makes them happy at work, but there are signs that could indicate a staff member may be thinking of moving on.

Here’s 4 key signs to look out for

1. They are no longer performing to the best of their ability

Everyone can go through a slump with a few bad days, when it’s hard to do your best. But if that slump continues for a few weeks, you need to find out what’s happening. It could be a sign of burnout or of being overworked, under worked, under challenged, or out of depth.

If lack of motivation is the issue, it may be possible to effect change by offering different responsibilities, more training, or another position. But it could also be due to external influences such as personal relationship problems, or issues with other team members or managers. It’s important to pick up on this quickly to see how you can resolve the issues. Then help them get back on track before they decide it’s all too hard and decide to move on.

2. They complain about the cost of living, schools fees etc

We all complain at times about the costs of living, but watch out for the signs that this is more personal than general. For most people, being paid what they’re worth is an essential aspect of feeling valued.

If the staff member has the combined pressure of feeling undervalued AND under financial pressure, this is a sure fire recipe for looking for a better paying job. In this case, salary may not be the only factor, but it might be the one that finally persuades them to make a change.

If you see these signs, make time to discuss the issues with the employee and sensitively work through what’s going on. Sometimes a friendly ear and some good advice is enough to keep them, even if you can’t pay them more. Most importantly, listen to the sub text of what’s really worrying them. If you can deal with it, do so promptly.

3. Their work situation has changed radically since they were hired

Maybe your company was involved in a merger and they were reassigned. Or perhaps your company had a shift in operating philosophy. This might mean that they are working in a different situation to the one which they were originally employed. These types of changes can have a huge impact on their working life.

The result is not dissimilar to being forced to change jobs and firms. They may be going to the same physical address each day, but every other aspect of their job may have changed. This can be enough to make them decide it’s time to leave. Make sure that you are across what changes like this can mean to staff members and put in place measures to help them deal with it.

4. They start gravitating toward unhappy co-workers

Think about the people with whom they associate with at work. Have they moved away from a positive forward thinking group? Are they mixing with the malcontents, the people who complain about their manager, the declining benefits and the working conditions?

If the company they keep at work has changed noticeably, this may be sign that they are thinking about moving. Be aware of this and if you notice it, make time to find out what’s going on for them before it’s too late. Keeping them may be a lot simpler than you think.