Your Employees Aren’t Your Workhorses

It’s well documented that happy workers are productive workers, but the message still doesn’t seem to be getting through to the majority of companies. In America and beyond, employees are telling survey takers that they think their function is mostly pointless. They’re disengaged, and often feel taken advantage of by their bosses. The bosses, of course, naturally disagree. However, there’s something to it – there has to be – as the common issues below indicate. If you’re guilty of any of the following problems, it’s time to make a change!  

Flexible Working

Humans don’t have an infinite capacity for work, and they don’t work better just because they’re in the office for longer. Research has shown, again and again, that workers work most effectively when they work flexible hours, and sometimes even less working hours than the traditional business day. If you want your staff to work to the best of their ability, don’t demand it – let them be in charge of when (and maybe where) they work. You’ll notice improved performance and increase employee happiness.

Experts for Expert Roles

When it comes to making changes in the company, some business owners don’t look to outside help for these changes – they try to double up their employee’s roles, making them do their usual work plus helping out in a field they know little about. This has a double negative effect: it makes the employee feel taken advantage of and also leads to a sub par job. Expert jobs require expert professionals. Someone who likes using social media shouldn’t be your marketing manager, and a person who is handy with tech shouldn’t be in charge of your company’s IT simply because they’re there. You should be bringing in social media experts and IT consultants and letting your employees get on with their work. If you’re asking your employees to fulfill duties beyond what’s in their job description, it’s time to rethink your management approach.

Long Hours, Big Rewards

That you need to ask more from your employees sometimes can’t be helped, especially if you have a big deadline approaching. The biggest mistake bosses can make is expecting their workers to put in extra effort and hours for the company, without giving them a reward at the end. You might think that an employee’s wage is incentive enough, but it’s not. While employees, of course, care about how much they earn, it’s not everything. You should be offering rewards other than financial, showing them that you’re grateful for their hard work.

What Do You Care About?

Some bosses run their company as if there were a manual on ‘how to be a boss’. There’s not. You can dictate the rules. If you don’t care what people wear to work, then don’t enforce a dress code. You want your employees to feel comfortable, and if you’re enforcing rules on them just to assert your control then you can’t be surprised if they become resentful!

Getting Personal

Being a boss is about more than just getting your employees to do their job. You should show a personal interest in them and their career inspirations. They’ll stay for longer, and work better if they believe they have a boss that cares about them.

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