You took someone on, and they have always been the best employee, coming in early, being super flexible, staying later when a deadline loomed to get the work done but just recently you suspect that their loyalty maybe shifting. Here are the top ten signs to watch out for:
1. Taking calls on their mobile from potential recruitment agencies and running off to the loo or outside to their car. They answer the phone with the tone of receiving an unsolicited call, realise who it is and scuttle off.
2. Being difficult and prompting you to ask them what is wrong; testing how far they can push you.
3. Where they used to be cooperative and positive, they are now questioning you and your requests, saying they do not have time to complete a task and being defensive – almost creating enmity to back up their feelings that they want to leave. This way it’s your fault not theirs, right?
4. Taking endless short-term sick days, possibly to attend interviews.
5. Constantly closing windows on their computer when you are around, they are looking at job adverts and updating their CVs.
6. Trying to get colleagues to divulge salaries and trying to get ammunition that they are not being paid sufficiently – another reason to leave.
7. Taking time out for appointments during the day; doctors; dentists; funerals; childcare and carer emergencies; even overnight stays in hospital. It is really difficult to check this out without you seemingly being distrustful; again, resulting in a confrontation.
8. Silly things like not taking their turn to make tea or coffees; taking all their breaks and leaving dead on time, when they used to be flexible; being negative to colleagues to prompt them to also look for other roles.
9. Insubordination – so what are you going to do about it – sack them! Great, hopefully at least a pay off as who would want them in the business when they are being so disruptive?
10. Asking for training which is not pertinent to their job role; they have itchy feet and want to move on. If you support you will give them the tools to get a new role if you do not then that will breed resentment and lead to much of the above.
If you think one of your employees is looking to leave or has already handed in their notice and you will need help with their replacement, please contact Johnson Underwood who will be more than happy to help you. Call 01604 626162 or email firstname.lastname@example.org