HR Pro shares warning sign
Internet commentators were quick to agree with an HR professional who shared a surefire warning sign that a high-level employee is about to quit.
In a viral video posted on June 21, TikTok user @peopleculturecollective stages a conversation between herself and a business leader in which a key employee is asked about her recent job performance.
With fast-paced music playing in the background, a text overlay reading “Manager explaining how his team’s top performer seems completely disengaged and taking longer than usual,” precedes an abrupt cut.
As the background music shifts from high-energy and jovial to slow and sinister, @peopleculturecollective plays a concerned HR professional and hints that the “top performer” will be leaving the company soon.
Captioned “This is NOT a good sign”, the TikTok has racked up over 900,000 views and been liked over 70,000 times.
For more than a year, employees in the United States have left their jobs at higher rates than at any other time in the country’s history.
Although the Great Quit — a phenomenon of mass quits that has swept the nation’s workforce away from old employers and into the arms of new ones — began last April, data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS ) show that the last few months have been the most dramatic.
From October 2021 to April 2022, more than 4 million American employees quit their jobs every month.
In November 2021, resignations peaked at 4.5 million. In April 2022, the most recent month for which the BLS reported separations data, quits declined slightly but remained high at 4.4 million.
Fast-food franchises and department stores have been the most vocal about labor shortages and a generation of potential employees who “don’t want to work anymore,” and corporate offices are facing similar problems. But instead of a revolving door of marginal employees, top performers are leaving their employers in droves.
Whereas fast business reported that neural plasticity and the need for evolutionary stimulation drive valuable employees to seek out different opportunities with greater responsibility, Forbes reports that many top performers leave their jobs due to poor management and inconsistencies.
“It is even more important to focus on the development of your managers, because they are the ones who have a direct impact on the happiness and performance of your best employees”, Forbes says contributor Aaron Levy. “If you don’t go upstream and fix the root of the problem, no amount of free lunches or ping-pong tournaments will help you.”
Throughout the comments section of the viral video posted by @peopleculturecollective, many TikTok users echoed this sentiment and accused employers of not understanding how to cultivate high performing employees while keeping them happy. and committed in the short and long term.
“Never take the best for granted,” wrote one commenter in a comment that has been liked nearly 8,000 times. “They’re not on top because they like hard work. They’re ambitious and you have to keep them engaged.”
“Consider quitting my job because they [refuse] to *hire adequately* and just tell us to take over,” another commenter added, receiving over 9,000 likes.
In a separate comment, which has been liked nearly 3,500 times, another TikTok user wondered how employers hadn’t yet realized they were to blame for their top performers leaving. .
“When will companies realize that exploiting + burning out top performers = exit strategy?” they asked.
Newsweek contacted @peopleculturecollective for comment.