We all lose interest in our jobs for one reason or another. This can lead to job or career changes, job-hopping for a raise or promotion, or simply quitting for the sake of quitting — sometimes, we have the resources to sit out of the labor force for a while and take stock of our options. But when you plan to quit your job, or at least give the idea some serious consideration, it can cause problems with co-workers and managers. For that reason, it can be best to keep our thoughts about quitting to ourselves.
But, much like a game of Texas Hold’em, our body language and behavior can betray us. That is, we might be translating our intentions to our colleagues and superiors, potentially causing problems and throwing a wrench in our exit strategies.
A new study, published in the Journal of Management by researchers from Utah State, Florida State, and Arizona State Universities has identified 13 specific “pre-quitting behaviors” that can communicate your desire to quit before you’re ready to pull the trigger. The researchers followed up with an explanatory article in Harvard Business Review, telling how they “edited and pruned the list of 900+ behaviors” to end up with 13.
If you plan to quit your job, or are giving the idea some thought, check out the list and see if you’re telegraphing your next move before you’re ready.