5 Nonverbal Cues Every Boss Should Know – Guest Post by Dale Vernor

Being an employer is not easy. Some employees do not want to work, some do not do their jobs right, and some show up for a while, perform well at their jobs, but then quit without notice. Losing employees without notice can be devastating.

Employees who leave can put businesses at risk for financial problems and strain other employees. Some employees do not give two weeks’ notice. Some do not give any notice at all. If your employees have not told you they are quitting but you suspect that they might look for these five nonverbal signs:

Showing Up Late

If employees begin to arrive late after working for your company for a while, something may be wrong. It could be that they are experiencing problems at home, not getting enough sleep, or not feeling well. It could also mean that the employees are not interested in their work anymore and do not care to arrive on time.

Workers who check out mentally may also check out physically. Even when they show up at work, they may often be late. If they are planning on quitting, they may not be worried about reprimands or punishment.

Substance abuse is another reason employees may arrive late. People may be using substances at home that affect their ability to report to work on time. In some cases, employees may begin using drugs or alcohol because of their workplace. In this case, it is important to discuss these issues with your employee and let them know that Rehab centers can help them overcome this problem and help them arrive on time.

Arguing With Coworkers

Happy employees try to get along with their coworkers. They realize that they have to see their coworkers every day, so they are not likely to fight or argue over silly things.

If they are planning to quit their jobs, people may not care if they get along with their coworkers. They may feel resentment and start picking fights. While it is normal for coworkers to disagree with each other occasionally, if people start fighting and causing problems on purpose, it could mean that they are planning to leave their jobs soon.

Calling in Sick Often

When people are ready to leave jobs, they may feel as if they need to use all of their vacation days, personal days, sick days, and any other days they have available. If workplaces pay employees for these days, employees may be even more likely to take advantage of them.

Missing work more often without legitimate reasons may be a sign that people are planning to leave their jobs. Be prepared to deal with their resignation. Do not be afraid to ask employees why they are missing so much work. If they do not have good reasons or seem to be lying, they might be planning on quitting.


Zoning Out During Meetings

When people do not care about their jobs and are planning on leaving them soon, they may not care about meetings or other aspects of their jobs. If you notice an employee is no longer attending meetings, is not paying attention, or is not contributing ideas, it could mean that he or she is on the verge of finding a new job.

Employees care about these things when they are planning on staying at their jobs and want to succeed. Once they stop caring, it may not be long before they leave their jobs permanently.

Slow Responses to Calls or Emails

Staying in contact is a vital part of many jobs. You may do this through regular phone calls, emails, or meetings. You expect your employees to maintain this sort of contact or at least reply to your messages or calls.

Not responding or taking longer than usual to respond could mean that employees are no longer willing to put in the effort they need to do their jobs. There are often reasons for this, and many times, the reason is that they are quitting.

It is understandable that people may be reluctant to tell employers that they are leaving their jobs. Paying attention to nonverbal cues can help employers determine if employees are making such plans.

Dale Vernor is a writer and researcher in the field of mental health and substance abuse. Dale believes in writing about these topics to help raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with them. Dale earned his Bachelor’s in Communication and has been writing for a living ever since. When not working you can look for Dale on your local basketball court.


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