Fail to Engage Your Employees and You Fail Your Company

shutterstock_204512203If one thing can be said about the majority of employers, it is that they are spending too much money and too little time on employee engagement. If you are a small business owner, stop focusing on the extravagant and get back to basics. Take a look at this list and see if you are guilty of any violations. If you are, you aren’t engaging your employees, you are pushing them to the hills.

  1. Gimmicks and gifts do not engage employees. Offering rewarding work experiences does. If your employees feel as though a monkey could do their job, something is wrong.
  1. You think lavishly spoiling your employees is a good way to promote engagement. In truth, the only thing you will do is create a group of entitled employees who fail to follow procedures because you have led them to believe they can do no wrong.
  1. You skip the details. Keep in mind that every interaction you have with an employee is an opportunity to increase engagement. Every single thing you do can affect your workforce for the better or worse.
  1. You don’t communicate. Your office door is closed and you leave as soon as the clock strikes four. Your employees are your best resource when it comes to growing your company. When you fail to communicate effectively, you are failing your company.
  1. Only your opinion matters. No one knows your company better than your employees. Ask them what is working and what isn’t. And listen.
  1. You patronize. Never ask an employee for their opinion unless you plan to consider it and, if feasible, implement it.
  1. You don’t share goals. Each employee should know where you see your company in a year, in five years, and in 10 years. Each employee should know how you plan to reach those goals. Don’t expect your workforce to share your vision if they don’t know what your vision is.
  1. You are a boss, not a leader. Anyone can tell any person to do anything. A boss simply gives instructions and orders, a leader shows their employees how to perform their jobs and is always willing to turn up their sleeves and get dirty.
  1. You make all of the decisions. Do not fail to give your employees autonomy. They are humans with decision-making capabilities. You hired each employee for a reason; show them that you have faith in their abilities.
  1. You hang on to problem employees. If you are the type of person that agonizes over terminating someone, no matter how negative an impact they have on your company, you will slowly lose the trust of your employees. You are not a therapist, nor are you a home for wayward humans. Hold everyone to the same expectation of performance, and make sure that everyone is following procedure. Correct those who aren’t, and terminate those who refuse.
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