As the world of work continues to change, so too does the way that employees leave their jobs. In the past, employees would hand in their notice, collect their final paycheck, and walk out the door, never to be seen or heard from again. However, these days, employees are more likely to engage in what’s known as “quiet quitting”.

Quiet quitting is when an employee starts to disengage from their work long before they hand in their notice. They might stop coming to work on time, stop participating in team meetings, or generally start to withdraw from their job.

This can be extremely frustrating for employers who are left wondering what went wrong and how they can prevent it from happening again.

If you suspect that one of your Payroll employees might be quietly quitting, here are three things you can do about it.

Re-engage Your Payroll Manager

The first step is to try and re-engage the employee through regular one-on-one conversations. See if they’re willing to open up about why they’re feeling disengaged from their work and see if there’s anything you can do to help them feel more motivated.

It could be something as simple as changing their job description or giving them more responsibility.

Create a Contingency Plan in Case They Do Resign

If the employee does eventually hand in their notice, it’s important to be prepared. Create a contingency plan that outlines who will take over their responsibilities in the short term, and start training someone up to replace them in the long term.

This will help minimise the disruption to your business and ensure that your Payroll keeps running smoothly.

Get Extra Support from Payroll Experts

If you don’t have the internal resources to deal with resignations, consider outsourcing your Payroll to a specialist provider. At Payroll Experts Australia, we have a team of expert Payroll managers who can take care of everything for you, from processing employee payments to managing leave requests.

This will give you peace of mind that your Payroll is in good hands and allow you to focus on running your business.

Spotting a quiet quitter isn’t always easy, but it’s important to be aware of the signs so you can take action before it’s too late. By re-engaging employees who seem disengaged, creating a contingency plan in case they do resign, and getting extra support from Payroll experts, you can minimise the impact on your business and keep your Payroll running smoothly.


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