Ounce of prevention, pound of retention

Watch for ‘exit’ signs of talented employees
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/14/2008

If a top performer starts behaving a shade differently — arriving at 9 a.m. instead of 8 a.m., contributing less often during meetings or handing in projects late — an employer’s “spidey senses” might start tingling. And with good reason — that person could be on the way out the door.

But if managers and supervisors know the warning signs to look for, they might be able to stop the departure of valued employees before it’s too late. Of course, it’s even better if an organization offers the culture and benefits that prevent the temptation of greener pastures.

One of the key indications of a problem is an attitude change, says Andrea Garson, Toronto-based vice-president of HR at Workopolis.