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5 Signs Your Employee is About to Quit

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Employee retention is one of the top concerns on a manager’s mind. There is nothing more stressful than having to absorb a workload from an employee that has decided to unexpectedly leave. Even worse, their departure may push others to make the same decision. This is why identifying the signs that a staff member is about to quit can help you fix a problem before it happens.

Below we have listed the top 5 signs that an employee is about to quit.

1. They Don’t Do Anything “Extra”

If you take stock of your staff and notice that one, or a few, members do the bare minimum…you probably have a problem. At the very least, your employees are not engaged at work and this will soon lead to high turnover in the office. Make sure that your company offers extra curricular activities for the employees to take interest in. For example, apartment communities could have their staff members organize events for the residents. Remember, if you aren’t offering something extra for them to do, they can’t do it!

2. Their Social Media is Full of Gloom

Many bosses are “friends” with their employees on their social media sites. If you suspect an employee is unhappy, visit their social profile and take note of what they are posting. Are they sharing quotes that relate to finding better opportunities or are they complaining about work a lot? It is amazing what employees will post on a public forum when they think you would never take the time to look at it.

3. They are Suddenly Star Employees

This is a tricky one. In some cases, an employee that starts going from 0-100 in the performance meter… out of nowhere…could be getting ready to leave their job. The reason they are suddenly your star employee is because they are going to want a reference from you for their next job opportunity. At the very least, they don’t want to leave on bad terms in case their new venture doesn’t work out. At the risk of being cynical, take note when an employee starts rocking at their job and look for other warning signs if you fear they are about to say goodbye.

4. They Come to Work Better Dressed and Leave on Their Lunch Break

If an employee is looking for other employment, they are most likely going to be interviewing for positions on their lunch break. If they go from jeans and t-shirts to business casual over night, be aware they may be dressing up for someone else.

5. Increase in Sick Days

An employee that is unhappy in their job will take any opportunity to not show up. If you notice they are taking a lot of “sick” days, showing up late, and other work-dodging activities, ask them what is going on and if they are happy in their position.

If you spot some…or all…of these signs in one of your employees, what should you do?

First off, the most important thing you can do is to not talk to the troubled staff member, but LISTEN to them. They have been fostering feelings of dissatisfaction in their work silently and want more than anything to be heard by their boss. After listening to the reasons they are unhappy, attempt to do something about it.

If you know you can’t make them happy, it is time to let them go. Don’t wait for an employee to quit, be proactive and try to prevent it from happening. If you can’t stop their departure, make the first move to part ways. The most important thing is that you are in control of your work environment and strive to protect what is best for your company and the employees that are happy to work for you.

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How to Run a Successful Apartment Community Toy Drive and Help with Employee Retention in 3 Steps!

How to Run a Successful Apartment Community Toy Drive and Help with Employee Retention in 3 Steps!

In past posts we have discussed how participating in a charitable cause can help with employee retention, especially among Millennials. Giving employees a chance to give back to their communities also helps to instill a sense of pride in themselves and their organization. They are proud to work for an apartment community that supports philanthropic programs, which can lead to increased loyalty.

A toy-drive is a perfect opportunity to get your employees and residents involved in a great cause. Below we have provided tips on running a successful toy drive for your apartment community that will help improve overall employee and resident satisfaction during the holiday season!

Step 1: Pick a charity to donate the toys to. The charity will have specific things they are looking for, such as age groups or gender, and give you guidance on what to ask your employees and residents for. Popular charities include Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army, and the YMCA. It is important that the Apartment Community Director pick the charity and not let the staff deliberate, charities can be really personal to employees and you don’t want anybody being disappointed that their cause didn’t get chosen.

Step 2: Call a meeting of your employees and reveal the exciting news that your apartment community will be organizing a toy drive for needy children in your city! Assign jobs to each employee so they feel involved in the effort. Your staff will run the drive and be in charge of getting the residents involved. Jobs that need to be assigned include:

* Charity Ambassador: the person is in charge of communicating with the chosen charity and then relaying the instructions and goals to the rest of the team. The Charity Ambassador will be the point-person for any information needed for the other Ambassadors to do their jobs. Make sure the person you give this job to is enthusiastic, has strong leadership skills and is organized.

* Advertising Ambassador: the person in-charge of printing and making the flyers to alert residents and also provide content such as pictures of incoming toys and other images for use on your social media.

* City Ambassador: if you choose to involve the city your apartment property resides in, this person will be in charge of advertising with local papers and businesses to let city residents know where they can drop off donations. Ask businesses for prizes like discounts, coupons, or gift cards to encourage donations.

* Transportation Ambassador: the person in charge of transporting donations to the charity. If you are involving the city, this person would coordinate with local drop-off points and the Charity Ambassador to collect the donations and get them to the charity.

* Volunteer/Holiday Party Ambassador: You may choose to have the drive stretch over a period of time, with it culminating in a resident holiday party to end the drive and celebrate everyone’s efforts. In this instance, you may want to have residents volunteer to help organize the donations on that big day. The Volunteer Ambassador would coordinate the holiday party and organize the volunteers for that day.

Step 3: Decide on a weekly meeting time so your team can stay on-track. The Apartment Community Director will be present at all meetings to make sure everything is running smoothly. The Charity Ambassador will run the meetings and make sure all Ambassadors are doing their parts.

How to Run a Successful Apartment Community Toy Drive and Help with Employee Retention in 3 Steps!

There you have it! The key to a successful charitable campaign is to make sure everyone is confident in their positions and keep everyone on track with praise, motivation, and weekly check-ins. You may also want to surprise your team with a little gift at the end of the drive for all their hard work.

By providing your apartment employees the opportunity to give-back during the holiday season, you are improving their overall experience with your apartment community. Above all, your property is helping others in need, which is the most important goal of all!

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