Either we are underestimating this or pretending not to see it.
But it is a fact.
Work relationships between people and companies are not marriages. Fewer and fewer employees (especially those born in the past 35 years) are willing to ‘waste’ their time if they feel their work is not significant.
Certainly, some sacred rules of professionalism must not be forgotten:
- Giving yourself time to acclimatise and obtain results which require effort and recognition.
- Understanding certain dynamics can never be explained only theoretically. We must face it head-on.
- No app has been invented which can stand in for hands-on learning.
Ok, so what can we do in the long-term? Motivation. Which you can’t buy in the supermarket.
Motivation doesn’t come from the salary received. Of course, receiving suitable pay for our work is an essential fuel for feeling paid and satisfied.
But stronger motivation comes from responsibility. Greater responsibility, adapted and weighted according to the ‘assigned task’ relating to our starting role.
“Businesses are made of people”
People don’t want to prove themselves; they want to feel considered, useful and, in some cases, creative in what they do. As the mantra goes “businesses are made of people,” it is also true that businesses are led by people.
Who leads businesses? The managers.
So, managers have the fundamental and incredibly delicate task of managing people? Of course. On many levels, at the same time, in situations of sudden change.
Not all managers, however, are capable of doing this. And in increasing engagement by force, so as not to be useless, great mistakes can be made.
This is how it can happen that we are moved from one thing to the next from Monday to Tuesday; or that the management of meetings and deliveries suddenly changes, or that decision-making procedure is changed illogically.
But which errors do managers make most frequently?
Here are some, but not all:
Too much work
A working week which consists of more than 55 hours can increase the risk of stroke by up to 27% and the risk of developing a chronic illness by up to 13% in comparison with those who work 35 – 40 hours a week.
Failure to recognise employees’ contributions
You grind away, only for the recognition to go in one direction. This doesn’t work as a system.
Lack of care about employees
People don’t work in the workplace. They live there. This shouldn’t be forgotten.
Employing and promoting the wrong people
There is no need for recommendations. Simply employing the wrong people can ruin the “gears.”
Assigning people jobs which don’t inspire them
Sweeping things under the rug isn’t a winning strategy in the long-term. Especially not in the twenty-first century.
Incapacity to stimulate skills and creativity
The majority of people who aren’t creative don’t feel like they can be creative. Even in the twenty-first century.
Incapacity to stimulate intellectually
Robots can’t think. Not yet. People, however, liked to be helped in their thinking.
All of this leads to a certain point: sooner or later, people will leave companies.
They know why.
It is very likely that they haven’t found the three ingredients for their personal working wellbeing:
- Respect and gratification
- Shared satisfaction
- Feeling of having given or received something (even something intangible).