Originally posted on UK Employee Experience Awards by Tamara Luzajic
Finding good workforce is never easy. On the other hand, you can often hear managers complaining about their best employees leaving. Needless to say, having good people quit is very disruptive and incredibly costly.
But once the employee has left, managers usually blame some external factors, while the real reason is left unsaid:
People leave jobs because of bad management.
There are a few things good managers never do. That is how they keep their best people loyal.
1. They overwork people
Nobody loves to feel burned out. Sure, once you realise your employees can do a lot of things, it is tempting to work them hard. But this is a trap!
The truth is, overworking good employees makes them feel punished for being good at something. But, that can be changed with rewards and recognition. Raises and promotions are acceptable ways to increase workload.
If you simply increase workload without changing a thing, your best and talented employees will look for another job that will give them what they deserve.
2. They show no interest in their employees
There is a reason why successful companies make sure their managers know how to balance being professional with simply being human.
These managers empathise with the employees going through hard times. They challenge people. They celebrate their success.
Managers who don’t genuinely care will always have high turnover rates. Good employees don’t like to work for bosses who only care about profit.
3. They hire wrong people
There is no way a hard-working employee will want to work with a slacker. Hiring bad people is one of the biggest demotivators because good employees want to work with the like-minded professionals.
Promoting the wrong people is perhaps even worse. Being passed over for a promotion that is given to a slacker is more than wrong. It is an insult to every good employee.
4. They don’t support creativity
One of the best things about good employees is that they always look for new ways to improve everything. If you take that power from them because you like things the way they are now, you will make them hate their job.
Supporting your best employees’ creativity is always a good idea.
5. They are not developing people’s skills
One of the things good managers always do is listening. They are constantly listening, giving feedback and paying attention to their employees’ behaviour.
There is so much a manager can do with a good employee; from finding areas in which they can approve to directing their skills into the right direction, management truly has no end. But if you don’t do any of this, you will have a bunch of bored employees on your hands and the best ones leaving for something better.
6. They don’t challenge employees
Pushing people out of their comfort zones is what makes them succeed eventually.
Good managers challenge their employees to accomplish goals that seemed impossible at first. Then, they do everything to help them achieve those goals.
Talented employees can’t stand doing things that are too easy or boring because they know that they only way to develop their skills further is to do new tasks and set higher goals.
7. They don’t support people pursue their passions
Talented employees are passionate about things they love. When a good boss provides an opportunity for pursuing that passion, it improves their productivity.
Unfortunately, so many managers are more likely to disapprove of this. They usually fear that if their employees pursue their passions, their productivity will decline.
Many studies show that people who are able to pursue their passion at work experience flow, the almost euphoric state of mind that makes a person more productive.
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