People in management positions may have different leadership styles and that is OK. However, when your leadership is not guiding your employees towards a common goal, it could be the cause of great demotivation and affect the company’s overall performance. If you are in a leadership position, these 3 things might be demotivating your staff:
Nothing kills your employees’ productivity more than feeling like you do not trust that they can get the work done. What micromanagement is communicating to them is that, they are not good enough or that you do not trust that they are qualified for the job. One thing about control is that when it’s your only means of management, you usually end up losing it. Have you ever taken the time to listen to employees talk about a supervisor who micromanages them all the time? Most of the time, this type of supervisor is portrayed as annoying and suffocating. Truth is, if you really want your employees to get the work done, they need to respect you, not be annoyed by you.
Micromanagement will eventually lead to a destruction of the relationship of trust. You will no longer be seen as a manager but as a dictator, which will negatively impact your staff’s productivity. Furthermore, micromanagement will cause your employees to lose their confidence, which will lead them to stop taking initiatives. Because micromanagement tells employees that they always need to have their ideas screened, it will greatly limit their creativity and leave you with a team of simple executors. This will eventually result in employee turnover, a tensed work environment and decrease in results. Give your employees the time and space to be themselves, have new ideas and get the job done. This will help you build a relationship of trust and be the leader and team builder they need you to be.
No job security
One of the biggest sources of employee demotivation is the feeling that they could lose their job at any moment. If you decide to downsize for example, this will create a tension in the workplace and cause employees to feel insecure and anxious. If your employees feel like their position is at risk, they will simply deliver the minimum while looking for another job! If ever your company is going through a crisis, make sure your HR team stays as discrete as possible, for as much time as they possibly can. Remember that when people start talking, the news will rapidly circulate, which will result in a staff who is more focused on looking for other jobs and gossiping about the company’s situation.
Many times, employees are motivated, until they realize that most projects are not progressing. As a manager/supervisor, it is crucial that you truly listen to their suggestions and that you are not the one keeping them from making progress. I remember when all activities at this company I worked for started to slow down because the new financial director had established all of these new rules! Instead of benefiting from these new regulations, the company was suffering because everything took 3 times more time. This, also has a negative impact on the team. Not consulting your team before taking major decisions is also a NO NO. If you initiate something that affects your team members, without asking for their thoughts, they probably won’t be too happy about it.
Companies who keep pushing back evaluations will cause employees to lose their motivation. Your employees want to know where they stand with you and not feel like they are stagnant, at the same position, with no opportunity to better themselves.
Also avoid putting their ideas in “the drawer”. Doing so makes your employees feel like they are not valued and that you do not consider them as an important part of the company. Take the time to listen to them and to consult them. This will help things move faster and avoid any form of demotivation.
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Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints