NEW YORK (MainStreet) — If you're making any of these seven unconscious moves, you could be disappointing your employees and inspiring them to look for another job.
1. You don't give them enough face time.
"A lack of real-time, face-to-face communication among teams and with managers can leave employees feeling less connected," says Dan Schoenbaum, CEO of Redbooth, an online collaboration platform.
In today's mobile workplace, managers must make sure all employees — especially those who work remotely — are engaged. Employees should have frequent feedback and be made to feel as if their opinions are valued and struggles respected.
When managers don't have regular conversations with employees, it can slow down projects and affect morale, says Adam Ochstein, founder and chief executive of StratEx, a Chicago human resources and software firm.
"If a manager reviews a completed assignment and either marks it entirely in red with errors or decides to take it in a completely new direction, morale can take a steep dive," he says.
When an employee misses a goal, some managers address that the target was missed and reset the deadline. Unfortunately, many fail to ask what the problem or hold-up really was.
"Managers have to ask why. It's the follow-up that helps dig up bigger issues," Ochstein says.
2. You haven't given them clearly defined roles.
"As a manager, I believe it's important to build a collaborative atmosphere where individual team members feel comfortable contributing insight and picking up slack," Schoenbaum says. "However, not clearly defining team members' individual roles and responsibilities can leave them feeling directionless and demotivated."