I’m starving, so why are my employees not hungry?

As great managers and leaders, at least one of the best ways to become successful, would be passionate and hungry with what they are doing. Also, many managers or leaders hopes everyday that their employees will feel the same on their job. Low morale and disengagement from employees is widespread and very real, it is a very large issue that is not successfully addressed or in some cases at all around the world.

There is no list I can create to form an acceptable guideline to help guide leaders or managers with employees not being passionate about their jobs or being completely disengaged. What I will do will be focusing more on the on this topic from now on and doing more creative and innovative approaches to help individuals, employees and management, receive the guidance or the answers they are searching for in regards to discovering, finding the key and finally opening the door(s) to employee engagement and their passion level.

A Few Tips Regarding Employee Disengagement

1. Managers and Leaders need to demonstrate engagement themselves. Employees will not even begin to display any level of job engagement, unless they are preparing to take your job.

2. Focus some attention on the employees that currently possess a high level of passion and engagement. By doing so you as the manager or leader can take notes to try and find out why they are so engaged and others are not; you might be surprised with what you discover.

3. Sometimes you have to take a human resources perspective on the situation and try to figure out if pay is the issue, is there harassment at work that you are not aware of or if human resource employees are a bit easy with the interviews of said poor engaged employees.

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My Employee Threw Me Under the Bus, Now What

What a great feeling it is to find out that the employee that you train, work with, joke with, etc. has thrown you under the bus.

It always amazes me that someone can simply use your name with malicious intent, even after you let them borrow money, covered their sick day, etc..  Doesn’t the employee have any shame, class or even emotion?

What is going in the mind of an employee that will drop your name, the manager, into an argument or ill-discussed discussion?

Reasons why the employee may do such a thing:

1. You did something that you didn’t realize that offended the employee.

2. The employee is jealous of your success.

3. The employee is a cancerous contagious complainer.

4. The employee doesn’t care about you.

5. The employee is known to constantly make excuses.

There can be many, many more reasons why your employee is malicious towards you.

Now What?

So you come to the conclusion and the realization that your employee doesn’t like you and talks behind your back whenever they have the chance, now what?

Ways to go further:

1. Ignore it, simply let the employee do what they are doing (not the best advice)

2. Confront the employee that you are aware of the slander they have been spreading (CAUTION: Do not give specifics since they will try to find out who told you and retaliate.)

3. Inform Human Resources about the issue.

4. Ask HR rep how to go about correcting this issue.

5. If the employee has valid points, such as if it was stated you are lazy, etc., try to correct these aspects of yourself, this may in-turn help you gain respect among your subordinates.

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