These six red flags could be indications that your employee is unmotivated and planning to leave your company. There could be many reasons behind that person’s dissatisfaction. Maybe the employee found a new job, or they feel they’ve been treated unfairly. Whatever it may be, if you find your worker displaying a mixture of the behaviors described here, you should consider fixing the relationship or begin proactively searching for a replacement.



An unmotivated worker is less likely to show up for work on time, or they might leave work early. These employees want to spend as little time as possible in the workplace.


Often “Sick”

A person who frequently calls in “sick” often may be using the excuse for other activities, like set up interviews, fill out job applications, or simply enjoy more days away from work.


Decline in Productivity

These unmotivated workers may not even bother getting the job done. If they’re responsible enough, they might still complete their tasks, but the quality of the work drops. They may turn in assignments late, or it will look like they rushed to submit a project that might technically “check the box,” but the quality is barely satisfactory at a “C“ when your client expects an “A.”


Decreased Professionalism

Your work environment may have certain rules in place such as work attire, acceptable language, and use of personal electronic devices. Your definition of professionalism may be completely different to another business owner. The Balance has a good article on professionalism in the workplace. An unhappy employee will likely be less respectful than usual, dress inappropriately, and have a negative attitude.



Social events are common in the workplace, especially for environments that focus on a positive work culture. One of the first things workers do to separate themselves from their current jobs is to stop hanging out with other employees. Ignoring fellow co-workers or constantly wearing earbuds are ways unhappy employees may avoid socially interacting.


No Longer a Team Player

No longer working well with others is a mixture of the above red flags. They aren’t productive in team environments, they act unprofessionally, they’re unsociable, and they avoid doing their work. Complaints by other employees usually follow.

Sometimes a good employee finds a new opportunity. The Business Insider gives 35 ways to keep your best employee from quitting. As a manager, you want to do your best to keep tabs on everyone in the company. Interviewing your current employees to discover how they’re feeling and learning which changes they would like to see, can yield long-term benefits of decreased turnover and increased motivation.

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