Are Your Employees Scared to Tell You the Important Stuff?
No matter how hard you try, there will always be a blind spot hindering your view. Sometimes, that’s just the way the cookie crumbles (forgive the cliché). You might have all the power, but do you have all the insight? If you don’t give your employees the space to communicate without fear of judgment or reprimand, they won’t speak up about the important things you NEED to know. We learned from an Inc.com
article “3 Things Your Employees Are Too Scared to Tell you.” Seems like something everyone ought to know, right? Let’s dive in!
- “They could be contributing more.” Most people feel like they could be contributing more outside of their current role. As the leader, you might think that all of your employees are at their full capacity, but that is most likely not the case. Maybe they want to venture out of their role and learn some new skills. Or maybe they already have the skills and feel under-utilized. Make sure you give your team the space to thrive and not just survive.
- “They think your business is behind the curve.” This one might be a shock to you. You might feel that your company is at the pinnacle of success and doesn’t need any improvement. It is important to remember that there is ALWAYS room for improvement. Your team usually has valuable insights into the current trends, and knows exactly what you need to update to stay ahead of the game. If they are scared to speak up, there is only a disservice to the overall success of the company. When suggestions fail to come to fruition, everyone loses. So give ample space to collaborate and hash out great, innovative ideas in order to thrive.
- “They want more feedback (but not more performance reviews).” Let’s face it. No one likes performance reviews. They’re nerve-wracking, headache inducing nightmares. If you create a culture of constant communication, feedback is an integral part of the narrative. It’s productive feedback, however, and not just an annual meeting. This will make your team much more productive and engaged.
The thing to really take away here is that communication is SO necessary in every business team dynamic. Providing a space for helpful and productive collaboration will enhance any company. Not only does it build trust
, it boosts morale and work ethic. Your team will thank you for your constant engagement and they won’t fear sharing their own knowledge.