Over 70% of employees are unhappy at work. This Harvard Business School statistic is disturbing, for both employers and teams. Can you guess the root cause of their unhappiness?
Employees feel disengaged.
If we could place a bet on why this is, we’d say it’s a multitude of factors, all connected back to one big problem: a lack of understanding about these people.
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We’re all intrinsically fuelled in different ways. It’s not JUST money, more time off or a new sparkling tittle (and office). For some, actually, fulfillment has got nothing to do with anything tangible. Tick’s Dove personality bird type, for example, thrives on social connection and a sense of belonging.
Can you imagine an employee who needs inclusion and support to feel engaged, working alone, in the corner? It happens all the time.
Employees are thrown in dynamics that defy their personality. Imagine that Dove again, in a heated meeting. For someone who just wants to be loved and appreciated, they probably won’t perform as well as say, an Eagle (who wants to be in control).
Alright, so these engagement strategies.
And we mean, really know. Yes, take the time to get to know their work and hobbies. But beyond knowing how they spend their weekends, you should attribute a personality ‘bird type’ to every employee (so you understand what makes them Tick).
Help your team to discover their own greatness, by first knowing how it is they instinctively operate. Avoid micromanaging and empower them. To do this confidently, it’s important to discover what tasks they’ll thrive in.
Don’t be overcritical and analyse every mistake. Focus on what they’re doing right and leverage that. It’s important to have diversity in teams, especially to foster innovation.
It’s surprising that management don’t do this step. But, it’s an essential one, if you want to see a team of motivated individuals taking ownership. The successful American start-up, Basecamp, has a wonderful philosophy around keeping teams small to maximise efficiency (in a calm, conscious manner).
Your employees are the backbone of your culture. Get the foundation right and you’ll see everything fall into place. Use the red form to access free samples of Tick’s Personality Profiles, that are used and LOVED by Australian brands and in education.
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