Sometimes an employee checks out mentally long before they take even the first step to look for a new job. They have emotionally resigned. This employee comes to work and goes through the motions but their commitment is really towards thinking of ways to get out. Whether they have been interviewing, have an offer or just daydream about job postings they are not productive.If you suspect that an employee has emotionally resigned don’t wait until you receive a resignation letter to talk to them. If job performance has not been an issue that requires discussion initiate a conversation to identify their intentions. There’s no reason why you can’t ask, “Joe you seem to be disengaged from the job, are you looking for a new one?” Joe may stutter and respond yes or he may stutter and think of another quick answer. Either way you have gotten the issue on the table. Joe may respond, “Yes Sue I’ve been interviewing and planning a big move to LA but it doesn’t look like I’ll be going for at least six months.” Whether they are plotting a move across the country or to an employer across town don’t conclude this conversation by congratulating the employee and chatting about their future.