One of the biggest challenges any leader–and any organization–faces is how to engage employees. According to HR consulting company TowersWatson, 4 out of every 5 workers are not fully engaged in their jobs and delivering at their full potential. Not only that, but according to the Gallup Organization, disengaged employees are more prone to absenteeism and are more likely to leave their jobs.
Unfortunately, bosses are often the problem and not the solution.
The good news is you have the power to change all that. Here, are 21 things every smart leader needs to stop doing right now to have more engaged–and happier and more productive–employees.
1. Stop organizational politics
An environment in which competition for power, influence, resources, and promotions are based on subjective and hidden criteria is very demotivating for employees.
2. Stop setting unclear expectations
Unclear, confusing, and contradictory goals, objectives, and standards cause employees to check out.
3. Stop unnecessary rules
Rules are necessary, but too many of them are demotivating.
4. Stop poorly designed work
Poorly engineered work gets in the way of satisfying internal and external customers and frustrates employees.
5. Stop unproductive meetings
Employees often leave meetings looking exhausted, battered, and bored for good reason.