Holding the position of leader in a company is undoubtedly difficult. The weight of the responsibilities as well as the amount of pressure to generate profit is enough to make leaders forget about the well-being of the employees. Customers aren’t the only ones that are crucial to a company; employee-leader relation is often missed although it is as important.
In fact, it is quite common to find cases where instead of crediting the team, leaders tend to take the credits out of the team’s achievements. Target achieved? – I pushed the whole team. Good service? – I trained them! Big orders? – If it were not for my brilliant strategy none of this would have happened. Failures? – A is not doing his job well. Losses? – I am not a part of it, my team is just full of incompatible people!
In serviced office and or virtual office, usually your team consists of few peers, which means cooperation and knowing each other, it needs understanding to each others' needs; Roles, obligations, and rights. It is very important for you as a leader to really know what your employees need in order to skim their thoughts, therefore boosting their productivity.
Sounds familiar? If you are doing it and your employees are recently demotivated and not performing well, then perhaps you need a managerial method change. Is it normal for them to feel so? Yes, absolutely. To prevent those negative traits to happen in the office, we’ve got these five tips for you to try!
KYE- Know Your Employee
Just like running a machine, before turning it on, we must first ensure that all the essential machinery parts are working well. Your employees are these essential parts. So take some time to learn about your employees. Understand their background, their needs, and their characteristics. Through understanding your employees you will most likely be able to manage them easier and also earn their respect simultaneously.
Remember, your employees aren’t psychic and can’t read your mind. So spare some minute’s everyday to learn about what they are doing and to tell them what you except out of them. That way you are kept well in the loop of your employee’s activity. Moreover, by discussing with them you show that you care about what they do and that you are paying close attention to their work.
Simply understanding them is not enough. Employees are human beings too and they too can get demotivated at times. It is your job as their supervisor or bosses to be able to guide and motivate them. Remember what John Maxwell said “leaders become great not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others”. So talk to them, discuss how you can help them from your side and how they can further develop themselves.
Goals & Visions
Create a realistic vision for your employees and set attainable goals. Visions may drive employees to look forward to attaining the big goal. It’s like waiting to open a birthday present. Whereas goals are the short-term targets set to help reach the vision. Ensure that your employees understand that the goals set are the stepping-stone to realize the vision.
Aside of giving your employees room for improvements, it is important to recognize their achievements. It is proven that most employees would rather choose a lower paying job than a higher paying job if the working environment were suitable. Through acknowledging their efforts, it will drive your employees to even do better and at the same time create a friendly and healthy working environment.
Although it may seems like a simple matter, undervaluing or failing to communicate well with your employees may result in a crucial outcome for the company performance. Keep in mind that monetary value does not solve all employee related problems. Sometimes all they need is a pat in the back and a “job well done”.
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