Happy Employees Have Room to Grow
If you want your business to grow and evolve into something better than it’s ever been, don’t forget to nurture the same kind of growth in your employees. Keeping your talent engaged and satisfied in your company is more important than you might think. Productivity and the return on your hiring investments can be sabotaged when you ignore your employees’ career or personal goals and their job satisfaction.
In particular, we have seen this motivation killer to be an all-too-familiar problem in small and mid-sized companies. This is a key point in a excellent article recently posted on Inc. Magazine’s website called “5 Ways to Kill Employee Motivation” by Chris Mittelstaedt:
Be blind to your employees’ goals, dreams, and job satisfaction.
The more you know about what motivates your employees and the more interest you have in their happiness and success, the more they will bring that enthusiasm to work. Even if you can’t provide a job for them that satisfies 100% of their hopes and desires there are always ways to incorporate what they love into what they do.
“You should assume when you hire someone that they will grow within their initial role in your company,” says Tina Hamilton, president and CEO of hireVision. “Assign someone in the organization to consider how to groom employees to move in differents directions. Some companies are very small and have limited or no official growth opportunities, and in those cases I recommend finding ways to grow the knowledge base of the employees as a means to support their ambitions. It encourages them to keep working optimally for your business—and besides, who really wants an employee with no ambition?”