In a busy world, it’s so easy to be pushing ahead and pushing ahead that it’s easy to lose sight of what’s in front of you and what’s important. Your time as a leader can easily be consumed by putting out fires, traveling to or attending meetings and focusing on the balance statement that before you know it, your team is not performing to the level you had expected.
What is one reason for this? Well, it might be that you have overlooked continuing to support your team of employees. When is that last time you had more than a short greeting such as hello or good morning with them? When is the last time you met with your employees as a team or individually to check in on how the system is working? When is the last time you conducted their performance reviews?
Have you lost track of time and realized the six-month employee review you were supposed to do is already three or six months overdue? Has employee performance slowed?
Employees look to leadership for guidance, vision, and continuity. It is one of the pivotal reasons why a follower such as an employee follows a leader. If they feel undervalued, are experiencing a decline or lack of communication and support, what is the result – lack of performance.
Take the time to look at your business or organization. Are teams functioning to their ability? How is attendance and employee turnover? Have you promised things that you have not been able to carry out or did not communicate why, like pay increases, regular meetings or performance reviews, an open door to your office, two-way communication, expecting employees to work overtime, rewarding employees or disciplining employees to the same degree, etc. Consider the type of business you are in, the workplace or company environment as not all businesses and business structures are the same – But creating an environment where employees feel valued by their leaders is.
Until next time . . .
(Photo by B. Lynn Gordon)