Wondering How To Prevent A ‘Shock’ Resignation? Follow These 7 Steps

Wondering How To Prevent A ‘Shock’ Resignation? Follow These 7 Steps

March 27 2019

Rather than being faced with the inconvenience of an employee resignation that seemingly comes out of the blue, implement the following seven steps to prevent a shock resignation.

How To Prevent A ‘Shock’ Resignation

1. Ensure you are giving regular coaching and feedback.

Giving your employee feedback at their annual review just does not cut it.

Think of a professional football player they get feedback after every match.

It is important to give employees feedback on a weekly basis. 

2. Make sure your employee knows what is expected from them.

Perhaps they just do not know what is expected from them or have a true understanding of their role. This reinforces the importance of your weekly feedback meetings. 

3. Implement career progression.

Do you understand your employees' career goals and are they aware of the opportunities open to them? 

One of the top reasons individuals leave today is because they found a company which highlighted the career prospects. 

4. Your employee needs to feel appreciated and recognised.

Your role as a leader is to support and elevate your employee. A simple acknowledgment is often all it takes. 

5. Ask specifically how their relationship is with their direct line manager.

There are many studies which show a huge number of people left due to a bad relationship with their boss and there is a huge correlation between this and their performance.

If the bad relationship was felt by a number of employees, that manager might well have been a bad hire.

Otherwise, it could be a mismatch in personality so it might be a good option to move the individual to another team. 

6. Promote a work-life balance.

Much has been written about offering a work/life balance for your staff.

Company loyalty is not as prevalent as it once was. Individuals, particularly the millennials, expect a more flexible culture which cultivates trust and respect. 

7. Continue to monitor staff morale and engagement levels. Forewarned is forearmed so keep your eye on the situation and prevent surprises.

Good luck!

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