How To Spot Flight Risk Employees In Remote Workers

How to Spot Potential Flight Risk Employees Within a Normal Working Environment

When employees feel down, regardless of whether or not the fault lies at work, they are more likely to leave their jobs. So being able to spot the telltale signs that people are unhappy at work is key to keeping turnover to a minimum. Here are just a few traits that might indicate that a disgruntled employee is a flight risk:

  • Change in work habits
  • Unusually negative attitude
  • Less productive
  • Withdrawn from the team
  • Unwilling to commit to long term projects
  • Lack of motivation
  • Punctuality becomes an issue
Spotting these changes in behaviour in remote employees is much more difficult for managers

Monitoring Remote Employees

Many companies routinely check what their employees post on social media. While this seems creepy, it is usually the best way to find out about important life events.

Tracking the movements of your remote workers to monitor their performance is possible but is it ethical?

Interview Questions to Identify Future Flight Risks in Potential Hires

Unfortunately, the pandemic has left many people at risk of redundancy. Rather than be out of work, many of those individuals opt for lower-paid jobs that they would not otherwise consider. There is a concern that while bosses view their employment as permanent, candidates only see their position as a temporary fix. Once the employment market stabilises, these individuals may pose a flight risk.

Question: Why do you want to work for this company?

The emphasis in the response should focus on your company in particular. A generic response may indicate that the candidate would be happy to work anywhere rather than specifically for you.

Question: What are your salary expectations?

Candidates who believe they are well paid in relation to market value are more likely to remain in employment. The job search process always gives candidates a good idea of what their skills are worth in the current market place. So if your job is paying less than a candidate’s skills are worth, it’s worth exploring why. It could be that they have a perfectly reasonable explanation for taking a salary reduction.

Question: What are your future career aspirations?

Hiking managers should consider whether there is scope within the company for the interviewee to achieve their career goals. If they have bigger ambitions than your business can accommodate, you may see them job-hopping soon.

How to Minimise Flight Risks Among Remote Workers

Employee engagement is always lower in remote employees than office-based staff. This sense of detachment makes them more of a flight risk. However, managers can do things to make sure these employees experience the same company culture and make them feel part of the team, such as:

Make New Starters Feel Welcome

When onboarding remote employees, it’s hard to give them a sense of your company culture. Without this, they may as well be working for any employer. Therefore, it is paramount that onboarding is as efficient as it can be. Onboarding should also be about making new employees feel welcome, rather than a box-ticking exercise for HR. Including some goodies in their new starter pack and holding an online team event can welcome them aboard.

Performance Reviews

Where employees feel they are being paid less than the market average or see a lack of progression within their current employment, they are more likely to be a flight risk. Regular performance reviews allow managers to check in with individuals and monitor how they feel on these subjects.

Social Events

If your company culture usually involves regular social events, it’s important not to let that slide. Holding regular online events involving quizzes and games can be a welcome distraction from lockdown and make employees feel a sense of belonging. If, under normal circumstances, you would typically go for Friday beers after work, try and continue the tradition remotely.

A Few Final Thoughts on Spotting Flight Risks in Remote Workers

There isn’t a single one of us who hasn’t felt down during lockdown. So it’s more important now than ever for companies to take care of their home-working employees. While companies can never eliminate all flight risk, they can reduce it by making employees feel valued. We hope the above has given you a few ideas of how you can spot flight risk in remote employees and keep turnover to a minimum.



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Rachael. Adria Solutions

Rachael. Adria Solutions

Hi there! I’m Rachael, Marketing Manager at Adria Solutions Ltd. Read more about me here: