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Great people are frustratingly hard to find and unfortunately easy to lose. No wonder employers are always worried about their starts getting poached. Noticed any of the following behaviour in your workplace? Your people might be antsy and looking to leave.

1. Looking (suspiciously) sharp

If, after years in Lululemon, a staffer is suddenly showing up for work kitted out like the boss, maybe they’re dressing for the job they want…somewhere else.

2. Decreased productivity

If a star performer isn’t striving the way they usually do, or if they’re cool as a cucumber while everyone else is stressing out, it could be because they’ve got no interest in how things turn out. They won’t be around.

3. A big uptick in sick days and afternoons off

Anyone with a previously perfect attendance record who’s suddenly MIA with no explanation could be ducking out for interviews elsewhere.

4. Regular 5:01 departure times

Taking “nine-to-five” this literally is a good sign your employee isn’t exactly super-engaged in their work.

5. New-title hunting

If an team member is gunning for a fancy new title—but not so much for more money—it might be because they’re keen to upgrade the old resumé.

6. Updated online profiles

Keep your eyes open for updates your people might be making to their social media accounts. (That is, to accounts that are public—you don’t want to be a snoop.) A big change to a LinkedIn profile is an especially telling indicator, of course, but don’t ignore Facebook, Twitter or Instagram: Makeovers on these social platforms might mean your employee is housecleaning to secure a new gig.

7. Life changes

It’s not always your fault if a staffer is looking to move on; sometimes an off-hours situation warrants a different day job. Big life events—babies, divorces, new partners, even a move to a new address—can mean more change is in order.



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