Are Your Employees Faithful? Yes, Except When They’re Not!

Are Your Employees Faithful? Yes, Except When They’re Not!

What do you do when you see one of your employee’s CV active on a job specialized site? This depends on the reason why he did it.

If you work in the HR department, you are, obviously, concerned. Eventually, you along with the company’s managers are responsible for the retention rate and the degree of satisfaction. Even the recruiters, that don’t have responsibilities regarding the reaction and satisfaction of the employees, should ask themselves if it is or not ethical to communicate the situation to the other managers.

Here are some of the reasons why the employees chose to publish their CV’s:

1. In a society which is more and more digitalized, a growing percent of employees have the “for sale” notice, ready to take intro account any reasonable offer which is presented. If we have to blame something, we surely mustn’t blame them, but the lifelong relationship between employer and employee which is on a constant decline. Piece of advice: if you want to convince yourself, search for the CV’s update; don’t be surprised to see that these updates are made almost weekly. For these employees, it’s nothing personal, everything is business, and you won’t be able to “pull them out of the market”.

2 The employee is extremely furious and can’t take it anymore. Either he wasn’t promoted when he expected, either he was criticized, or he didn’t get the estimated raze, he feels disregarded. As a direct result, he promotes his availability as estimative as possible. Last update: usually the same day or the next day after the bad news.

3. The employee is disappointed. He is known as being constantly unhappy at the work place, and is always difficult to handle. He won’t update the CV once every two weeks (he is disappointed, not a racketeer) but he will never deactivate it. The problem is that his disappointed behavior makes him less marketable; so it is unlikely that he will go elsewhere.

4. The employee is a scatterbrain. He updated his CV the last time he was looking for a job, and forgot to deactivate it. He probably was recruited through one of the sites where you found his CV, so it’s hard to object. Again, you must look at the last update to clarify the situation.

How must you react in these situations? Unfortunately, there are no chances of sure winning, whatever the approach.

Talk frankly to your employee. It is the first instinct every time you find out that an employee activated his/her CV. This approach works best in the situations 2 and 4.

Talk to the manager, if you confront directly the employee you will have to notice his direct manager, but not for the one in the situation 1. As long as the employee will keep his CV active it will only bring distrust from the manager.

Try to solve the problem on your own, undercover (only for HR Professionals). Instead of talking directly with the employee or the manager, try to find a solution to the problem. It is a viable option for the employee in the second case and sometimes for the one in the third case, although this approach doesn’t work as well for the chronic situations as for the acute ones.

Do not react at all and see what is happening. It works best for the employees 1 and 3. You can’t stop the one from the situation 1, and the employee number 3 definitely has more problems than you can solve.