10 Signs That an Employee is Going to Quit

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 03-17-2014 Email Print this article Print

We've reported frequently on the growing challenges that CIOs and other managers face in their talent recruitment and retention efforts. Most recently, for example, we revealed that more than one-half of hirers say they currently have positions open for which they can't find qualified candidates, and that one-third say it's difficult to retain top employees, according to a survey from CareerBuilder. Given the struggles here, you'll find that it could be helpful to spot the following trouble signals that valued staffers send before quitting—observable behavioral clues that could lead to a successful, preemptive intervention on your part. The first six (which we're calling "unique qualifiers") are compiled from a recent, multi-part survey from Utah State University for which a total of 430 managers took part. Tim Gardner, the Utah State associate professor of business who led the research team, indicates that these signs are unique in terms of their high correlation between an employee's behavioral change and a pending resignation. We've added four others as well which are commonly cited among work experts, including those from Robert Half, the global specialized staffing firm. For more about the Utah State study, click here . For more about Robert Half's employee trouble signs, click here

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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