Placing People Professionally

5 key signs that an employee might be about to resign

12 December 2013

Resignations are part of working life. The concept of a ‘job for life’ has all but gone, with a more individualistic take on work from the younger generations coming into the work force.

  • An average of 40% of professionals spend 3 - 4 years in a role

Others reasons for leaving include:

  • They no longer feel challenged
  • Have problems with a colleague or company culture
  • Feel they have limited opportunity for growth
  • Feel undervalued or underpaid

There is often a lack of continuity between the employee’s reason for leaving, and the reasons employers think staff resign.

Many professionals 52% say they would tell their current employer they were unhappy before searching for another role, while 48% would not.

95% of hiring managers said they encourage employees to come to them with their problems prior to beginning a new job search.

Regardless, sometimes employees are going to leave. If you suspect a staff member might be thinking about jumping ship, here are 5 warning signs to look out for:

  • Lateness
  • Increased sick days
  • More time spent on personal emails, phone calls and websites
  • Negativity towards their work / colleagues
  • Focus on the short term rather than any long-term plans or solutions

Source – HC Online Cameron Edmond, 3 Dec 2013