If you’re going to build a successful empire, then you’ll be needing a team, but how far can you go when the team’s champions keep leaving? Now here’s why they’re avoiding you like the plague:
1. You Make Them Feel Undervalued
Look! My friend, your employees are there for a purpose: They believe you dumped the other applicants on hiring day because they were the only ones who could provide that cutting-edge value you badly needed.
Your greatest undoing will be thinking your brains alone got your business to the level it is and your employees are some slaves born to make your world a better place.
Yes, they, just like you, love to get rewarded on pay day without hassles, but it would seem like they’re ripping you off if you make it appear like they played no role in your success.
How You Are Undervaluing Your Employees
You Don’t Exploit Their Strengths
Dig the ground and you’d find some of the earth’s most valuable resources. You know why nature made it so? Those resources were for those who will do all to unearth them.
That’s what you should be doing in your business. Believe me, most employees want to go overboard. They desire, to bare their bottled up potentials to the world, but differences in work environments and cultures have prevented them from doing so.
To exploit these potentials of your employees, do this for a change- You set the limits, right? You can as well expand them, or better still, destroy them!
Let your employees be allowed to express themselves. Let them know that their true independence is gained when they overstep their self-imposed boundaries. Please, don’t define flexibility! Leave that to them.
You Don’t Seek Their Counsel
How did you feel when someone felt fulfilled asking you for help because you provided top-notch support? Great, right? That’s how you should make your employees feel. Don’t be shy asking your workers for help, and when you do, make sure you commend them at meetings or where they never expected.
2. You Have No Vision
Let’s face it. You put in long hours every day to ensure your business becomes the authority in your industry because it’s your “baby,” right? Having a vision of where you want your business to be in the future without relaying same to your workers means, you have no vision!
You can only do a little, Your employees run the rest of the show so you need to get them keyed into your dreams.
How To Make Your Employees Run With Your Vision
Invest In Their Goals
Yes! You want to have a dedicated team of staff that stays creative and goes all out for you? Look, your employees want to know their take-home gains. And please, I’m not talking raising wages here. Why employees leave you with little or no hesitation is because you’ve made it about the monetary gains which they can as well get elsewhere.
Take some time out with your staff and get to know about their dreams. You need them to know about yours so it’s only fair you do same for theirs. Look out for places where both goals connect and link them up.
Now, your workers will strive to achieve their goals while you return the favor, so there’s always something to lose when one party pulls out.
If you don’t trust your employees to deliver the jobs on their hands, they’ll wonder if they’re really assets to your visions or just some randomly picked zombies. When you instill confidence in your team, you make them own your success.
The only thing you should be doing is delegating tasks and letting them run with it. You’ll be surprised your employees added their twists to it. So yes, flexibility isn’t a bad word!
3. You Overwork Them
So, it’s hiring day, Yay!
You’ve chosen little Jenny across the street. She runs the email, transcriptions, blog, research, voicemail, social media and still brings in reports at the end of every month. She gets unproductive over time and you believe it’s because she is an idiot?
What the heck, she has the same 5.6 liters of blood you do!
How To Know Your Employees Are Overworked
They Get Disengaged
When an employee isn’t optimistic about the day’s tasks and consistently communicates negativity to the team, you may be having the troubles of an overworked employee to deal with.
When people keep bickering over trivialities and refuse to proffer solutions like they used to, examining the amount of work on their hands, may be your best bet because those are signs that an employee is overworked.
They Get Overly Emotional
Overworked employees tend to get affected when a task is assigned to them, they murmur and exhibit displeasure while carrying out the task, and in some cases cry.
An employee who’s always down during working hours but exhibits uncontrolled ecstasy at the close of work could be overworked.
They Get Tardy
Apart from the occasional traffic delays, an employee who’s overworked will do everything to stay out of work, right? What better way to do that than constantly turning in late for work.
They Lay Blames On Others
In an environment where people have more work than they can handle on their hands, projects will be done haphazardly and customers will increasingly get dissatisfied.
As a manager, you’d want people to be punished for their unprofessional conducts, an overworked employee dodges this by laying the blames on other members of the team.
4. You Hire The Wrong People To Work With Them
Research has shown that employees who get along with coworkers have greater outputs than those who don’t. When hiring, don’t just look at those with skills and experience, aim for those who’ll fit in with the current team and complement other members of staff.
How do you do this?
Things To Consider When Hiring
Check Out For The Candidates Personality
It may be a bad idea employing an aggressive candidate as your customer service representative, but getting one to guard your valuables is just perfect. People bring in different personalities to the table, so be careful when deciding who goes where.
Give Everyone A Fighting Chance
When hiring, it’s best to create a level-playing field for all candidates so they come out with what they’re bringing to the business. Companies, who can afford it, hire different teams of interviewers to vet candidates. Certainly, the best of the pack will have the highest ratings.
5. They Lose Confidence In You
Do your employees trust you?
When your workers key into your vision and own the business success, they want to trust that you’ll keep making the right decisions.
If you’ve lost their trust, can it be rebuilt?
Steps To Regaining The Trust Of Your Employees
The quickest way to instill that sense of security in your employees is remaining confident. It’s okay to accept responsibility when things don’t pan out as planned, but don’t take decisions if you don’t have a plan to follow through.
Your team wants to be sure that your decisions are not based on silly guesswork but that a cogent blueprint is in place to achieve your goals.
So the business is expanding to cater for market A, and few days to deal day you change course, aiming for market B with no reasons given to your employees apart from the usual “it’s in the best interest of the business” email?
Your employees will trust you if you stay consistent and remain committed to set goals. Being as unpredictable as the weather doesn’t help you.
Keep Your Promises
Look, if you made a promise, make sure you fulfill it and don’t just show up at meetings giving reasons why you can’t keep a promise you weren’t forced to make. Even if you miscalculated, make plans to deliver on your promises.
Lead By Example
You need your workers to deliver on projects delegated to them? Start by striving to accomplish your set goals for the week. Your employees will see you as a leader who walks the talk and not as one who’s only good at dishing out instructions.
You hurt your business when you make your employees feel undervalued. There’s no point giving your competitors business by treating your employees worse than trash.