5 Warning Signs that You Should Start Looking for a New Employee

When an employee suddenly decides to leave, this can leave you in a rush to replace them. In your haste, you could end up making the wrong decision.

It’s a good idea to be aware of the warning signs before they quit so you can start making preparations, so here are five signs that could suggest your employee is about to leave.


1. Their Performance Is Suffering

If an employee’s performance starts to falter, this could mean that their heart is not in their work any more – especially when the drop is very noticeable.

Look out for these sudden changes.

It could be for a whole range of reasons, like personal situations, but it’s not something to ignore.


2. They Are More Isolated

If an employee used to be social but suddenly starts to spend more time alone, this is another potential sign.

Perhaps they do not take part in team activities any more, or they never go out to lunch with their colleagues.

This could suggest that they are not investing in the team any more because they know they are going to leave.


3. They Lack Motivation

There are lots of potential signs that your employee is lacking motivation.

They may start coming in late and leaving early, taking more sick days or asking for more time off. You may notice a change in their appearance, or they might make more excuses for taking on new assignments.

All of these are signs that something is up.

Read our article on how to motivate your employees.


4. They Have Sudden Changes in Mood

If an employee has a noticeable change of mood, this could mean something is going on. Perhaps they used to be happy and upbeat and now they are miserable.

It could be the opposite too.

They may suddenly be a lot happier than they used to be, which could mean they know they are leaving soon.


5. Communication Is Suffering

Communication is so essential in any role. If they start to communicate less, this may mean that something is wrong.

Maybe they are not taking part in meetings or not putting in the effort when communicating with employees.

These are all potential problem signs.


Keep an Eye Out for These Signs

If you notice any of these signs, it may mean that your employee is considering leaving. However, it could also mean that they are simply unhappy in their role.

How you act is up to you. You may try to talk to them to find out what is going on, or you may start looking for a potential replacement.

Either way, it’s a good idea to be aware of the signs so you can take action as soon as possible.