You came to your office this morning and the lights were off? You asked quite loud if there´s anybody in and you did not receive an answer? If you were facing exactly this situation this morning, well then you must have guessed that your team quit jobs!
Honestly, what sounds like a horror scenario might enter your office slowly and steady. Many people nowadays think about starting their own businesses. Many prepare and do it. Latey, many quit their jobs!
How much do you know about your staff? Are you sure your team is still with you by end of this year?
Take my 5 TIPS how to prevent and how to find out, in time:
(1) Annual appraisal interviews
The best way to keep up with your team members job-satisfaction is having annual appraisal interviews. They offer to reflect the past years tasks together, talk about future needs and plans for the company, further education of or for the team member and about the salary.
(2) Invite for a summer- or Christmas party annually
Invite your team members with their partner once a year to have a party: either in summer in your backyard or for X-mas. You get to know their partners and maybe kids, join conversations you can´t share at work and see how their dreams grow and develop.
(3) The unsuccessful project
Did you face a complete project loss lately? You sure caught the signs in time to know that things won´t develop successfully. Invite your team member for a 1:1 conversation to find out how much this was demotivating him/her. My advice: take this talk serious.
(4) Someone faces a divorce
Another factor which can interfere negatively the daily tasks of your team is when a team member faces a divorce. This is a stressful situation not everyone can cope with “easily”. Some people seriously face losing their job due to being completely overwhelmed. Have a conversation with the whole team.
(5) You are not sharing your business direction
Be honest, you are the team leader and a leader shall lead. That includes communicating the latest status of each project with the project leader and everyone who´s involved. Explain to them what´s to do next and see if they all agree to it. When things don´t run smooth, involve the counterpart – the supplier – invite for a meeting when things stopped running after a second try. Don´t wait until the fire burns.
As a team leader you should always be informed or involved in the daily activities. Alternatively announce a group leader who will be reporting to you – on a daily or weekly basis. Be the owner of all relevant information – at any time.
BE A DECISION MAKER. BECOME OUTSTANDING.
rita jaskolla – Leadership Architect –