Sometimes you may have the impression that your employees and team members are not giving their best, that they are hiding facts and even lying to you. You are right! Research shows that 85% of people don’t like their job and 75% are lying and cutting corners. Why?
Here are some of the reasons why they might be lying to you
1. They don’t feel well supported and developed by their manager
2. The ethics of the manager/team leader are opposite to theirs
3. They are not in the right position/job
4. The employees are not allowed to fail and therefore learn from failures
5. Their ideas are not taken into consideration
6. They feel used by the company
7. They don’t feel that they can contribute
8. They don’t trust their manager/team leader
9. They feel the manager/team leader is not really listening to them
10. They are not aligned with the culture of your company
The consequence is that they “play safe” and do the minimum, avoiding any risks and only sharing information that they consider safe to share, hence lying or withholding important information. The solution is therefore that the leader creates the right environment and supports the team to bring their best. But how do I do that?
Here are some areas you can work on
- Communication: You need to communicate openly, honestly and with respect. In the day of technology and needs to communicate quickly, this is often a challenge. Team members, especially the younger, are not looking for sophisticated and polished communication but for authentic communication aligned up with your values and ethics
- Empowerment: When you know what each of your team members is good at, give me not only the task (delegation), but the authority and the resources to take charge of that area. They will bring their ideas and their passion for the task and feel much more motivated.
- Ethics: “Be the change you want to see in the world,” said Gandhi. The same applies to your team. Your ethics, authenticity, motivation, attitude, and growth have a huge impact on each member of your team.
- Vision: Do you know why you are doing your job? Not only the what but also the how is extremely important. Your ability to explain it, and to show each team member how they are contributing to the mission of the team and the organisation will make a material difference.
- Passion: Are you passionate about what you do? Only with passion, we can reach excellence, high quality, and innovation. Only if you are passionate yourself, you can help your team members finding the passion in their own job.