1. They Don’t Feel There Are Growth Opportunities
Whether it is in terms of promotion or learning new skills, employees may feel that they are not advancing in their career. Personal growth can be a strong driver, especially for younger employees who are looking for training opportunities and ways to differentiate themselves from the larger pool of fresh executives.
Other times, employees may feel frustrated in their current role and feel that they have reached a ceiling on how far they can advance within a company. In such situations they will seek out opportunities at other companies where a more senior role is available.
The Fix: Establish a clear learning and development programme for your staff that provides opportunities to enhance and expand their skillset. A more qualified, satisfied employee can only be considered a more valuable asset to your company.
Equally, detailing a career path for your employees by identifying the skills and qualities necessary to advance to a higher level will motivate to work towards a promotion. Regular appraisals paired with effective communication will help them identify the areas that need to be improved if they are to achieve their goals.
2. They’re Not Feeding Their Passion
Employee satisfaction is about much more than their salary. They need to be passionate, or at least actively interested, about the job they do. Nobody wants to be bored at work. Too often employees are assigned to tasks and positions that they have no interest in. Your employee applied for a job because what was outlined in the job spec appealed to them. If it turns out that the job they’re doing doesn’t relate to what they thought it would be, you wind up with a frustrated employee that eventually burns out or leaves.
The Fix: Set clearly defined roles for your staff and ensure that the role is suited to their individual strengths, where they will be challenged, engaged and excited about what they do. If a situation does arise where they must take on some extra responsibilities that are completely different to their area of expertise – be it due to understaffing or a lack of budget to invest in more people – be sure to communicate the issue to them, expressing your appreciation for their flexibility and providing an end date that they can work towards.
3. They Fee Unappreciated
Unlike you, your employees do not come into work with the company’s balance sheets in mind. Most of them do not see themselves as being there to increase revenues and profits. They are there to work for you, their employer, and to carry out their role in making the business work. If they feel that they are not being recognised for the hard work they do for you then they will eventually stop doing it or move onto another company where such effort is acknowledged and rewarded
The Fix: Develop effective employee relationship strategies. Communicate with your staff regularly and find out how they are doing both in- and outside their job. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to praise good work and acknowledge when someone exceeds expectations.
4. Lack of Autonomy
Trust is a huge factor for any employee. They want to know that they can trust you to manage the business that pays them but the best employees also want to know that you trust them to carry out their job professionally and autonomously. You’re worst people are probably happy to have you standing over their shoulder, checking everything is done correctly. However, this will drive you’re most talented employees to madness. If your employees feel that you don’t trust their work, it will not be long before your proofing their letter of notice.
The Fix Autonomy and independence are traits and characteristics that you must encourage in the work place. As an employer you can only provide an environment that encourages such things but it is up to each member of staff to embrace it. One way to help create such an environment is to develop a culture of accountability, where employees own and execute their duties and thus are more empowered within their roles.
5. They Feel Redundant
As I mentioned before, employees need to be passionate about the work they do. They also need to believe that there is a value in the work that they do and that their role is important to the functioning of the company. Failure to fulfil this need results in a sense of disillusionment that quickly turns into disengagement and poor performance.
The Fix: It is important to sit with each reporting employee and the value of their job and contribution to achieving the business’s overall strategy, showing them the relevance of what they do beyond their role and department.
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