Five signs your employee is about to resign

by Cameron Edmond03 Dec 2013
Resignations are part of the working world. The concept of a ‘job for life’ has all but dissipated, with a more individualistic take on work enthralling the younger generations.
A new white paper, The Exit Process: How to gain valuable insights to build a better workplace from Robert Walters, revealed that an average of 40% of professionals spend three to four years in a role, with many leaving because they no longer feel challenged (33%), they have problems with a colleague or company culture (27%), they feel they have limited opportunity for growth (26%), or they feel undervalued (24%)/underpaid (22%).

These figures are important, as the study found a lack of continuity between them and the reasons employers think staff resign. Employers ranked limited opportunity for growth (42%), feeling underpaid (30%) or being headhunted by another organisation (22%) as the primary reasons.*

The report surveyed over 300 hiring managers and more than 700 professionals across Australia and NZ.

Many professionals stated they would tell their current employer they were unhappy before searching for another role, although the results were close. Fifty two per cent would tell their manager, while 48% would not.

Conversely, the overwhelming majority (95%) of hiring managers stated they encourage employees to come to them with their problems before beginning a job search.

Key HR takeaways
Regardless, sometimes employees are going to leave. If you suspect a staff member might be thinking about jumping ship, Robert Walters boiled it down to five warning signs to look out for:
  • Lateness.
  • Increased sick days.
  • More time spent on personal emails, phone calls and websites.
  • Negativity towards their work or colleagues.
  • Focus on the short term rather than any long-term plans or solutions.


*Respondents could choose more than one answer.


  • by Jane 4/12/2013 10:30:17 AM

    As HR Manager, I want to pass on this info to my colleagues in the Senior Management team. However the statistics do not add to 100%. I feel this inaccuracy discredits the value of the message, and perhaps the messenger, so I now will not pass this on.

  • by Cameron 4/12/2013 10:46:00 AM

    Hi Jane, thanks for your comment.

    In many cases of surveys such as this, respondents are able to pick more than one answer. As such, the final statistics will reflect values greater than 100%. For example, 60% may pick option A, but are not excluded from picking option B. If 50% of respondents pick Option B (Obviously, some of whom picked option A), then adding this up will be greater than 100%.

    It is important to note that in the case of the more "yes or no" questions, the responses do add up to 100%.

    I hope this clears this up for you. I've also added a point in the article to explain this to avoid further confusion.

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