How to Not Make Your Employees Happy
How to not make your employees happy? You may be wondering why I’ve made that kind of title and question. My purpose in writing this article is to open up the eyes of many employers, managers and bosses who are unaware that their ways of management and leadership are making their employees sad, unmotivated and unproductive. If you want to make your people happy at work, you should avoid the things that make them unhappy – you should depart from doing the following:
1. Making plans that don’t include them. Planning is vital in achieving business and organizational success. That is why managers make S.M.A.R.T. or S.M.A.R.T.E.R. (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound, evaluated and reevaluated) plans. However, no matter how smart is that plan, if it is only smart or relevant to the company owners, but not to its employees, the effect would be the employees’ loss of enthusiasm.
2. Not abiding the laws. Integrity gives moral security, as well as financial security. Breaking the laws of the land will surely degrade not only the name of the company, but also the morale of everyone inside that company. People are expecting a leader to lead them to the right path. Leading them in the wrong way will certainly make them upset.
3. Ignoring their presence. Who would be happy if you feel like you don’t exist in your workplace that no one is acknowledging your arrival or presence? A simple “hello” or “good morning” can make anyone instantly happy. On the other hand, treating someone like an invisible man will only make him lonelier. Dogs at home are even nicer that they will greet you with a loud bark and a jump when you arrive at your door.
4. Ignoring their hard work and effort. There are two possible reasons why bosses do not notice employees’ great contributions to their company. One reason is discrimination, which makes someone on the top management ignore any great effort done by a certain employee. The other one is sluggishness, which happens when a manager is incapable of overseeing and monitoring his people.
5. Not acting on what you have listened. When managers don’t listen to their subordinates, it’s a sad thing. When a manager allow their subordinates to talk, then listen on what they say, but don’t act on what he has listened – it becomes a worst thing.
6. Lying. Lies cost a lot of pain. Furthermore it destroys anyone’s trust and confidence.
7. Compensating them less than what they have worked. Without justice, any person wouldn’t be happy. If some employers give more than what their employees deserve, then why other employers can’t even give their employees the compensation they deserve. Remember that it is the product or the customers who actually pay employee salaries.
8. Overloading. Overloading and overtime can become signs of a weak organizational structure if the occurrence is prolonged. Moreover, exhaustion is one thing that can deter someone’s gladness.
9. Letting them work in an uncomfortable workplace. If business owners give attention to customer care to increase sales, they must also be attentive to employees’ care to increase production. Without care and comfort, your employees will surely be unhappy, unmotivated and unproductive.
10. Breaking the organizational rules and agreements. If you don’t become a good example and a role model to your followers and subordinates, then your organizational firmness will be replaced with vulnerability and chaos. Confusion ruins joyfulness.
11. Favoritism. Inequality will not make your employees happy. Just try to ask them if it’s true.
12. Taking away their freedom. Controlling or monitoring is one of the important functions of managers. However, going through their most private lives is a different story. Great leaders empower their people. Think of our Sun, it leads and organizes the planets in the Solar System by making them revolve around it, while letting those planets rotate in their own axis.
13. Bearing false witness and judgments. We have more cells in our brain than in our tongue. That is why our thinking must become faster than our talking. Furthermore, we only have one mouth, but two eyes and two ears. This is so that every single word that we say, we must assure that we have heard the both sides and see to it twice. Without fair trial, there will never be true happiness.
14. Ignoring their health and wellness. If machines are to be properly checked, cared and maintained, how much more the human beings?
15. Giving wrong assignments. If you want to make a certain employee sad and productive, just give him a task that will make his talents and skills futile.
This discussion is a matter of human to human relationship. In this case, there are more complex and deeper things to be considered. People are hard to understand and we often only see the tip of the iceberg when it comes to their true concerns and feelings. That is why managers and leaders should diligently work harder to dive and reach the depths that are within their subordinates and followers. Making your employees happy must go along with making your customers happy. Remember that it is the product or service that makes a customer happy. Therefore, it is very important that we assure that the people who are behind in the production of that product are also happy. The only main objective of this article is to help business leaders and managers establish a company or organization, which is built with quality, productivity, profitability and stability. Finally, this can be done by assuring that every worker or employee is not only happy, but also really happy.