It is the season for monsters and ghouls and things that go bump in the night. But what really keeps your employees up at night? It’s probably not the horror movie marathon they’ve been watching into the wee hours of the morning.
Career-based fears can be a real motivation killer, even for your best employees. So, here’s what has them shaking in their boots and, more importantly, what you can do about it.
How to Interpret Your Meaning
Communication is a unique art. What you believe you mean can be lost in translation just by speaking your thoughts out loud. Your employees are always worried they will not properly interpret your directions or requests. How do you solve this problem? Pay special attention to your communication style and create a safe space for your team to ask for clarification when they need it.
Interaction With Workplace Bullies
Bullies come in a lot of forms. You may even be the office bully without realizing it. What some people consider light ribbing or teasing can be highly offensive to someone else. And it’s unproductive to insist your employees have a “thicker skin.” Create a policy that disallows bullying, and have real consequences for people who engage in it.
Lack of Work-Life Balance
Your employees don’t want to work 60 hours a week, and yet many of them do. Why? Because they may be led to believe if they don’t agree to demands on their time, they’ll lose their job. You can counter this by providing more reasonable consideration for work-life balance and allowing for more flexibility. You can even work with a staffing partner to bring on short-term help if the workload is more than your team can handle.
Fear of Failure
Finally, your employees are concerned about their success. They are constantly concerned they will make one misstep and mistake. But mistakes aren’t necessarily the end of the world, unless they are based on your reaction. What do you do when someone makes a mistake? Yes, there should be consequences, but are the consequences really in line with the specific mistakes? It can be much more productive to help your team learn from failure and help them recover professionally.