In today’s technology age, we are given so much information at out fingertips. Information upon information...And with all this endless amount of data, comes a continuous stream of work...for everyone!
But today, it is actually more important than ever to have your employees happy and productive.
If you can keep them enthusiastic and connected, your profits will be higher. As an added bonus, your engaged employees will miss less work, perform better, and be more understanding of changes.
But if you are not careful, keeping your employees happy can be hard to do. However, when you do, contented employees have a sense of achievement and success with their work.
As a leader, of course there is much to do, and you’re probably giving out enough work to keep your team busy for weeks.
Even when you have the best employees and people that work so hard for you, it can get tempting to give your staff more and more projects and work.
The more busy work and obligations you assign to your workers could have damaging effects on them, the team or even the company’s achievements.
So how do you know when it’s time to draw the line?
- If your personnel starts to miss deadlines due to too many tasks to complete, they will probably start sacrificing quality in their projects in order to get more jobs done.
- While increased responsibility is exciting for your up and comer, if they cannot complete their projects in a timely fashion they will consistently feel overwhelmed.
- As you keep piling on the work, they will feel as if they are being punished. You want to avoid a cycle of pressure and bitterness.
- If your staff is given task upon task, it lessens their motivation to do well. They will also feel disappointed and insecure in themselves for not doing a quality job. Slowing down the pace will ward of the stress.
- The pressure and anxiety from all the busy work and extra projects could come at the expense of your employee’s health. Keeping to their key responsibilities will prevent them from getting aggravated and feeling drained.
All in all, letting your staff become so overwhelmed with additional busy work will put them in a position to look for employment elsewhere. You might think you are pushing them towards success but you are actually urging them towards the door.
If your best and hardest working people are great at doing certain tasks, the tasks you’ve hired and trained them to do…let them!
How do you keep from bogging down your employees with busy work?
Dave Baney is the founder and CEO of 55 Questions, LLC. We work with successful top executives with a driving ambition to crush their competition. We help CEOs and Entrepreneurs improve alignment, communication and accountability throughout their organization. www.55Questions.com
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