If you own a business, you understand the importance of having good employees. Individuals who care about doing their jobs well are hard to find, and you want to take care of them as much as possible. It may surprise you to find out that certain things employers do can decrease job satisfaction and eventually drive away good employees. Specific behaviors may not seem detrimental on the surface, but you may be accidentally making your employees’ jobs more difficult and less enjoyable.
Do you hold meetings that don’t really need to be meetings? This may be an indication that you don’t truly value your employees’ time. You may need to consider adjusting your communication style for the benefit of your employees. Also think about ways you can communicate clearly and consistently. Clarity is key, as it can be very frustrating for employees when they aren’t sure what their bosses want from them.
The desire to overcontrol everything is something else that will drive away good employees. Let your people use their gifts and talents without you hovering over their shoulders. You may have the best of intentions, after all, it is your business to know how your business is doing. However, this may communicate that you don’t trust your employees. Give them room to work and have faith in them.
Employers should support employees and strive to make their business a pleasant place to work. This will help you hold on to good employees, and your company will run smoother with fewer complications. If you are unsure of how to do this, have conversations with your employees or allow them the opportunity to provide feedback. Don’t take this as a personal criticism of you, but as a way you can show your support and concern.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC