The 13 Telltale Signs Someone Is Looking To Quit Their Job

Do you ever get sick of your job? Well don’t make it too obvious…

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Let’s face it, there are few better feelings in the world than sticking two fingers up to a difficult employer by handing in your notice.

No, wait, there is one better feeling: the one of wild abandon that accompanies you through the notice period that follows, where you are able to come and go as you please, listening to no one and doing next to nothing before embarking on your next big role.

For some, though, this period of blissful disenchantment can often precede the period of giving notice, with many a employee down the years guilty of “switching off” from a job when it becomes clear that, quite frankly, things aren’t going to work out.

Thankfully, a group of very clever folk at the Harvard Business Review have put together a list of 13 signs someone may be about to quit their job.

Now, in the hands of an employer, this list could prove useful in weeding out unhappy workers and identifying those looking to move on.

But loaded doesn’t want to help all those lovely employers – we’d much rather help out those folk who are looking to leave their jobs but maybe haven’t lined up that dream role just yet.

So read and digest the following signs. Are you guilty of any of these?


Their work productivity has decreased more than usual.


They have acted less like a team player than usual.


They have been doing the minimum amount of work more frequently than usual.


They have been less interested in pleasing their manager than usual.


They have been less willing to commit to long-term timelines than usual.


They have exhibited a negative change in attitude.


They have exhibited less effort and work motivation than usual.


They have exhibited less focus on job related matters than usual.


They have expressed dissatisfaction with their current job more frequently than usual.


They have expressed dissatisfaction with their supervisor more frequently than usual.


They have left early from work more frequently than usual.


They have lost enthusiasm for the mission of the organisation.


They have shown less interest in working with customers than usual.

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