Suffering from apathetic employees? If motivation is missing from your workforce, you might have managements gaps!
Here you are: you’ve created a company. You put your blood, sweat and tears into creating something amazing. You have a great mission, and are offering products or services that are spectacular! You feel like what your company has to offer will make a difference in not only your life, but all of your employees, and their families!
In the beginning, there was SO. MUCH. EXCITEMENT! Everyone you brought onto the team was engaged, enthusiastic, and ready to take on the WORLD!!!
Now, you feel exhausted. You’re drowning in the day to day of running your business, and that once bright-eyed glimmer has all but faded from your eyes.
Your employees who once held so much promise are now ‘lazy’, distrustful, and apathetic.
So, what went wrong?
Right about now, you are shaking your head, and thinking:
“I don’t know how I got here.”
“Where are all the people who want to dig in, and help me grow this business to its full potential??”
“I want to feel supported in growing this business, but I don’t feel like I have that here!”
“They were so excited to work with us in the beginning! Why aren’t they producing???”
“Have I hired the wrong people????”
Here’s the thing…..unfortunately, it’s not just about hiring the right people.
That’s a great start, but it’s also about having a system in place that allows for a symbiotic relationship between your managers and your employees. One that sets management up to be a supportive position: fostering new talent, and allowing new employees to thrive.
Except most management positions aren’t set up that way at all!
Yes. Your intentions were good.
When you were still small, and growing, everyone just did a little bit of everything. No one’s role really needed much defining, because you were all in it TOGETHER!
You made it a point to work with the people who really “got you”, almost like you shared the very same brain! You haven’t needed to develop communication strategies with the people who think like you!
You started to grow, and soon you were hiring with an eye towards bringing on diverse talent.
Except the system you had in place at the beginning wasn’t really set up to help a diverse team that wasn’t a part of your small “inner circle”. Your system isn’t working, and it probably hasn’t been for a while.
You didn’t really invest in a thorough training and development plan, and it has started to show its wear on your employees.
Bringing on people with good instincts and initiative will only take you as far as making those individuals feel like they matter.
In my previous position, our training was rushed, management relied completely on our fellow senior employees to train us, but we soon learned the nature of the job would constantly be changing, though no communication would be given until after everyone had been doing things that were now considered ‘incorrect’. Following performance metrics became difficult to keep up with when they kept changing, and often weren’t communicated until the middle of a ‘review’. Any attempts to bridge the gap of communication, and the changing expectations were dismissed, unrecognized, or re-packaged by management without appreciating the employee who brought it to their attention. The job soon became a deadly trifecta of: miscommunications, under-utilization, and endless criticisms.
Now you’re thinking: “Ok, it’s the managers I’ve hired and promoted. It’s their fault!!!! IF I just hired the right MANAGERS this never would have happened!!!”
Nothing happens in a vacuum dear leader…
If a company’s value system is inherited from the top down, you have to take a look within yourself.
It isn’t necessarily the fault of your management staff either:
It’s a vicious cycle that repeats because most companies don’t believe that their management or training systems need any evaluation.
Are you fearing this might be your company?
The fact is: your dissatisfied, and underutilized employees COST YOU MONEY, but VALUED employees can help take your business to the next level!
It doesn’t have to be this way. There is always a way to fuel the fire within your workforce and make your employees feel engaged, respected and valued within their jobs. You don’t even need to overhaul everything to start! You can start today!
2. Consider mapping out achievable metrics for new employees, with a specific timeline in mind:
3. Create a two-way evaluation:
It’s always possible to pivot. You can take all the necessary steps to start implementing your values, and expanding on your training and mentoring of new employees to make them feel inspired, and excited to grow with your company for years and years!
You too can have a Magical Team with the right systems, values, hiring, and training practices.