Never Push Loyal Employees to the Point where they no longer Care!
Brigette Hyacinth, Bestselling author, and an International Keynote Speaker on Leadership/Linked In
Few things are as disruptive and costly as managers who kill morale. Demotivated employees perform poorly and then walk out the door at the first opportunity. When employees quit, the top reason for their resignation is their relationship with their manager. People don’t quit companies. They quit their bosses. Businesses know how important it is to have motivated and engaged employees, but many fail to hold managers accountable for making this happen. When they don’t, the bottom line suffers.
7 Ways Managers Demotivate Employees:
1. Being Inflexible. They make mountains out of molehills for simple things as an employee needing time off or wanting to take their lunch earlier. Employees should feel comfortable to approach you at all times, but when you are inflexible, it creates a wall between you and your team. I am not saying being unethical or breaking procedure, but putting your team first and using your judgement in certain situations, will make people more inclined to trust you.
2. Showing favoritism. We know too well about office politics. Always favoring certain employees for promotions and assignments is a sure way to damage team morale. Employees who are not in your inner circle will always believe that you favor the employees who are—whether you do or not. This perception destroys team spirit and undermines engagement.
3. Quick to blame or punish employees. Throwing employees under the bus rather than standing up for your team in distressing moments is a sure way to lose points. If you want to build loyalty, you must demonstrate loyalty. When you are quick to point fingers, it leads to a culture of distrust. Good bosses don’t dwell on mistakes made by others, hold grudges or point fingers. They take responsibility and focus on solving problems.
4. Treating Employees like robots. Employees want to work for someone who treats them like a person. They have emotions and personal lives. Showing you sincerely care about employees helps to build relationships and loyalty. I can’t emphasize this point enough. If a staff member is dealing with personal issues as illness or bereavement show empathy. Show empathy. When employee gives their all to an employer and they respond with inflexibility during their time of need, at that exact moment the relationship is lost.
5. Letting accomplishments go unrecognized.. No one likes to feel ignored or like their efforts are taken for granted. As Dale Carnegie stated, “People work for money but go the extra mile for recognition, praise and rewards.” Appreciate employees, show them how much you value their efforts. It does not have to be always about monetary rewards. But simple things as “Thank You” and “Well done” goes a long way.
6. Micromanaging employees. Your job as a manager is to provide the tools and support an employee needs to effectively perform. Micromanagement sucks the life out of employees. If you hired someone for a job, then trust them to get it done. Constantly monitoring an employee’s every movement can be disheartening. Sometimes knowing when to step back and let your employees do their work is what they need.
7. Taking no interest in employees’ development. One of the top reasons employees leave a company is the lack of development opportunities. Employees can interpret an employer’s unwillingness to invest in training as a disregard for their professional development. Subsequently, if a team member has informed you they want to move to another department support their wishes, don’t be an obstacle to them.
It’s not rocket science. You can have all the perks and benefits but if you treat employees poorly, they will still leave. If a manager has a foundation of truly caring for their people, it becomes easier to lead and retain good employees. Your staff can tell if you are authentic and want the best for them. When employees have a boss who truly cares and appreciates them, they are willing to go the extra mile to ensure successful outcomes.