There’s nothing in your company culture that doesn’t have an impact on employee engagement. Every ritual, every rule, every practice affects employee engagement in some way—whether for good or for ill. As such, even team leaders who have the best intentions can inadvertently undercut their own attempts to keep employees motivated. Here are three of the most common forms of self-sabotage.
Micromanaging Your Employees
Your hired your team members for a reason—ostensibly because you believe in them, and trust them to do a good job.
Your employees need to be reminded of this. They need to have you affirm it to them, both in word and in action. But when you delegate something to them and then lean over their shoulder, not allowing them the freedom to accomplish anything on their own terms, you undermine that message. In doing so, you can sabotage employee confidence.
Simply put: You have to trust your people. And if you don’t, you shouldn’t have hired them in the first place.
Blaming Your Employees
Everyone makes mistakes. In fact, that’s one of the main ways in which we grow. But if you jump on your employees for every little error, casting blame rather than offering support, you suppress that growth potential.
There is a time and a place for constructive criticism—but if blame is all you offer, don’t be shocked when employee engagement tanks.
Not Giving Your Employees Enough Credit
Your team should rise and fall together; you share victories as well as defeats. And if the team accomplishes something, everyone should feel good about it.
Don’t take all the credit for yourself. Don’t deprive your employees of the affirmation they deserve after a job well done. Make sure everyone feels included in your company’s broader sense of mission—and in the achievement of key objectives.
Are You Blowing it with Employee Engagement?
Employee engagement should emanate from all corners of your company—and that starts by recognizing the areas where you’re coming up short. If you’re aware of these problems in your company, take action against them today!