How to React When You Think an Employee Is Going to Quit – 4 Steps

October 17th, 2019

Employees quit. It’s part of the work world. But when one of your top performers starts to act differently and you suspect they may be thinking about quitting, it can be unnerving. Surely, you don’t want to lose a top employee. You may be able to rectify the situation. According to Toronto recruiters, it’s important to address the situation before it’s too late.

1. Get Ahead of It – Know the Signs of an Employee That Is Considering Quitting

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One of the keys to keeping your employees is to recognize when they may be disinterested, less engaged and considering leaving. Common signs an employee is thinking about quitting include:

  • Less interest in their job
  • Being quieter and less forthcoming
  • A drop in productivity
  • Less energy
  • An increase in sick days and time off requests
  • Less interaction with their boss and coworkers

Notice these signs? It may be time to have a conversation with your employee. But what do you say?

2. Think Before Acting

How you approach the employee matters. Always gather as much information as possible about the situation. Don’t confront them outright about looking for other jobs or thinking about quitting. What if it isn’t true? You could strain your relationship with the employee. There are many issues that could affect an employee’s actions, demeanor, and performance.

3. Have an Honest Conversation

Having an open and honest conversation with the employee is the best approach. Ask them about what is going on. If they are having a personal issue, give them the space to deal with it. Be understanding and show your support.

If the employee has an issue with the company and it’s a reason why they are considering exiting the company, then expand your conversation about it.

4. Ask Them Why They Are Considering Leaving and Address Their Concerns

If an employee is thinking about leaving, make an effort to address the issues. Try to get a detailed understanding of the reasons why your employee wants to leave. Is it about salary? Career opportunity? Issues with coworkers?

Get an understanding of why and when they plan to exit the company.  If a candidate has decided they are leaving, start making arrangements to fill the role.

More Tips From Toronto Recruiters to Handle Employees Quitting

Employee Quit Rates Are on the Rise. How to Avoid Losing Good Employees

Top Reasons YOUR Employees QUIT – It’s Not What You Think

I QUIT! The 3 Most Likely Times for Employees to Quit

 


IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm supporting clients across the country. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Executive Search / Board & C-Suite, Technology, Media, Digital & Marketing, Accounting & Finance, Financial Services & Insurance, Cannabis, Startup, Data Science, Consumer, eCommerce & Retail, Operations & HR, Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Engineering, Legal & Professional Services, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences, Non-Profit & Sustainability, and Sales. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.

Gary Hinde

Gary is a Partner and Practice Lead of one of Toronto's most respected team of IT recruiters. He has a strong background in building and managing teams, and specializes in contract and permanent placements within the IT space. With over 15 years of IT Sales and Recruitment experience, Gary is committed to customer service and has a genuine love for working with people and solving business problems.

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