Are Your Employees Struggling? It Could Be Your Fault

calendar June 13, 2019

It’s not just bad employees who don’t succeed. Sometimes, even your best hires aren’t performing to the level you want and expect. And you’re left scratching your head as to why.

This scenario isn’t that unusual. Many promising employees have been hired on only to disappoint. Or be disappointed themselves. When this happens, it’s best to invest some time and resources into figuring out what’s going on.

Sometimes, the problem lies in the hiring process. Perhaps you’re not attracting the right people. Other times, it could be a matter of cultural fit. But sometimes it’s you.

You could be the reason your employees aren’t succeeding

In order to do a good job, employees need a few key things from their organizations, their teams, and their environment. If they aren’t getting them, they can’t succeed.

Here are 4 things that many employers don’t provide enough of:

  • Direction – If your employees aren’t clear about what they need to do, how can they possibly perform to standard? Even if you’ve got bright, assertive employees who aren’t afraid to take initiative, they can’t read minds. If you want them to achieve certain things, you’ll have to be clear about what those things are and how to make them happen.
  • Communication – Checking in right before a project is due is too little, too late. Especially if you neglected to share said due date in the first place. Communicate clearly and openly before and throughout a project to make sure everyone is on the same page. Once the project is complete, communicate some more. Talk about what worked and what didn’t. Answer questions and make notes about ideas for next time.
  • Leadership – If you’re responsible for managing a project and it goes awry, you need only look in the mirror to find out why. If you create an atmosphere of communication, trust, and confidence, people will naturally succeed. If you rely on micromanagement, fear and distrust, and you may see projects get done, but you will have effectively squashed all creativity, innovation, and project ownership.
  • Teamwork – If your organization operates in silos— or silence— you’re setting yourself up for failure. Teams need to work together, talk together, succeed together and celebrate together. If you’re not actively encouraging and facilitating these things, you are keeping your employees from being their best.

How to tell if your employees are struggling

Sometimes, it can feel like you’ve been blindsided when a key project or employee doesn’t come through. But if you know where to look, there are usually some pretty clear signals that things aren’t working.

Here are some signs that your employees are having trouble.

  • Mistakes
  • Missed deadlines
  • Procrastination
  • Silence
  • Turnover

The cost of underperforming employees is real. Not only does it result in decreasing productivity and increasing frustration, it can also cause high rates of employee attrition.

If this is an issue in your company, it’s time to evaluate your HR and management processes to see what’s going on. Look for patterns of behavior among teams and projects and commit to carving out time with company leaders to talk about what’s going on.

Your employees want to succeed as much as you want them to. You just have to give them the right tools to do it.


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