When employee turnover is high, numerous issues arise. In 2019, it has cost US industries $630 billion through impaired productivity, higher operational costs, and lower employee morale. 

If we also consider the fact that 51% of employees are actively looking for a new position at any given time, it becomes vital to raise our awareness about the indicators of employee resignation, and do our best to improve our retention rates.

They're less productive than usual
If an employee starts to do less work than they used to – or if the quality of their work begins to suffer, especially if they used to be highly productive – it can be an indicator something is amiss. A drop in productivity can be caused by a multitude of work-related factors, but they may also be going through a tough time in their personal life. 

If you notice an employee is doing enough work just to get by, it is important to evaluate the situation objectively, before you jump to any conclusions. Talk to them and ask them directly what is causing their underperformance.

They're less present than usual
Employees who are often late, often leave work early, or are suddenly taking more time off may be looking to quit. If their work situation has become particularly unbearable for them, they will find any excuse to spend the least amount of time at work. 

An employee about to resign may also be exhibiting signs of mental absence: they may be less focused, quieter in meetings, and not as vocal about the things that used to matter to them.

They're more active on social media
People will usually update their social media profiles (specifically LinkedIn, or any work-related portfolio pages they may have),