Poor Environment – Humans are adaptive creatures by nature – and we can change ourselves to blend in with most environments. If you work in a place that has low employee morale and lacks trust, chances are you will adapt to those characteristics. Corporate culture is more important than ever as we have learned today. Gone are the times when employees were looked at as tools – where they would go through the motions, pump out work until they burned out, and were replaced by someone else. A happy employee is a productive employee. And a workplace with a positive environment creates a team mentality where employees help each other and production explodes.
Communication is lacking – Some people argue that body language represents the majority for communication between people. This would explain how critical face-to-face interaction is, which can make it difficult to recognize signals being sent through text or email. You can’t read the deception signals through text – because most, if not all of the non-verbal cues are removed. It’s absolutely necessary to recognize these non-verbal forms of communication in a leadership role, especially when it comes to deception from your employees and potential customers. So if your workplace communication is lacking, consider interacting with employees in a management or leadership role.
No employee feedback – Frequent employee feedback is critical for establishing a strong relationship between employees and employer. Without consistent employee feedback, your work culture can quickly turn into a chaotic mess. Most managers think they know what works or what doesn’t – but the truth is, we have no idea until employees give us their feedback. There are two main reasons why employee feedback is so important. The first is that you’re being given opinions directly from the source. What you might think is successful may actual be a failure to the ones performing it. Secondly, the employees will become more involved in the operations of the business. They will feel like their opinions matter and the tasks they perform are important – as the two-way communication bridge operates best with trial and error.
No clear end goal – The end goal is one of the most important things in business. It’s the reason why we work so hard, it’s what keeps us engaged and coming back for more each day. The end goal will always be different depending on the individual. To some it might be something as simple as career growth within a company. Is there room to grow? Are promotions a realistic goal for employees? Common questions like these are asked when people want to secure a strong foundation in the company where they work. If you put in the effort, wouldn’t you expect to be rewarded as a result?
It’s up to the leaders to make sure these end goals are in reach for all employees. There’s nothing more stressful and confusing then being unsure of how a business operates. People want to know what they are stepping into from the very first day on the job. And as a leader, you need to showcase the business opportunities that can be made available.