17 signs someone might be about to quit their job

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  • Your coworker has started taking extra-long lunches, seems to be coming to work every day in a suit, and stopped joking around so much.
  • Those are all common signs that they might be about to quit their job. 
  • As career experts explained to Business Insider, one or several employees leaving the workplace can destabilize how your team functions. 


Most bosses are caught off guard when facing a mass employee exodus, and the same can happen when just one valued employee resigns.

„As the boss, it’s important to watch for the symptoms of an impending departure so you can address the issues before it’s too late,“ said Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of „Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job.

And a co-worker’s departure — or several co-workers‘ departures — can quickly destabilize operations.

„Losing employees can create a substantial impact on everything from service delivery to scheduling,“ Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of „The Humor Advantage,“ said. „It can impact the culture in a team in a negative way. And there’s a substantial cost and time commitment involved in replacing and training new employees, so the more time a manager has to prepare for the changes, the better.“

Taylor and Kerr shared 17 signs that your coworkers might be about to quit. Remember, however, that these are possible signs and indicators, not concrete proof that an employee is about to leave the company.

These are the signs you should watch out for so you can act before it’s too late:

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There’s a change in their appearance

If they start dressing unusually sharply, it may be because they are slipping out to job interviews during or after work, Kerr said.

The opposite might also happen.

„If someone is unhappy in their job, they may begin to dress down because they feel that no one is really paying attention anyway — or because they just don’t really care anymore,“ Taylor said.

They start taking more time off

Folks who are liable to quit soon may begin calling in sick more often. They might use up their vacation days in bits and pieces, which could suggest that they are using the time off to search for other employment, Kerr said.

„And using up their sick days and vacation time (and even getting a lot of dental work done suddenly) might be a red flag that they are getting ready to jump ship and want to make sure they max out any benefits they feel owed to them,“ he added.

They show a drop off in any interest in work

Have you noticed that some of your coworkers have stopped offering suggestions or ideas at meetings, they offer little input into new projects, or seem suddenly disinterested in any of the broader details related to work? 

„This can be a sign they’ve lost their mojo and no longer really care what happens down the road because they know they won’t be there in the future,“ Kerr said.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider
Source: Business insider

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