‘Subtle’ behavioural cues predict turnover: Study

Would-be quitters send out signals employers can pick up on — if they're paying attention
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/24/2014

Employees who are thinking of leaving their jobs may give off subtle cues others can pick up on — if they look closely enough. And these would-be quitters might not even know they’re displaying such behaviour, according to a study out of Utah State University in Logan.

“There’s been a ton of research on what factors cause employees to leave a company or stay with a company — in terms of their pay and benefits and how satisfied they are with their job and their supervisors — and this study takes a little bit of a different approach in trying to see: Are there behavioural cues that employees… give off that might be noticed by supervisors and co-workers?” said Chad Van Iddekinge, associate professor of management at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

“It’s similar to what’s been done in the past but it’s a different kind of approach to try to understand turnover and what leads up to it.”