Stop these ‘worst practices’ that drive employees crazy
Employee satisfaction isn’t just about pay and perks.
Employee satisfaction isn’t just about pay and perks. You can push all the right buttons and still have an unhappy cadre of employees who put most of their energy into looking for a new job to get away from their current one.
What’s making them dissatisfied? Perhaps it’s one or more of these morale-sapping mistakes:
• Unclear expectations. Employees who don’t know what to do or how they’ll be evaluated will quickly grow frustrated. Tell employees what your measurable standards are so they can make a good-faith effort to do their best work.
• Underuse of talent. Employees want to put their skills to work. If they don’t have the opportunity to do what they do best, they’ll feel bored on the job and unappreciated by their employers. Explore their talents, and assign tasks that make good use of all their abilities.
• Red tape. When employees feel like they spend more time on administrative details than their actual jobs, they’ll wonder what’s important to your organization. Take a look at your rules and procedures to make sure you’re not bogging your workforce down in unnecessary busy work.
• Wasted time. Meetings that go nowhere, projects that get canceled for no reason, reports that get ignored—all these add up to a feeling that employees’ time isn’t valuable. Commit to efficiency in your organization so your employees don’t worry that their time and work will be wasted.
• Unending change. Change can be a positive force in a growing workplace, as long as it doesn’t overwhelm employees. Relentlessly revising procedures or switching schedules will make employees insecure and uncertain. When change is necessary, commit to it, but don’t force changes constantly just for the sake of doing something a little different.
—Adapted from the Smart Blogs website