Keeping Your Employees Motivated

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Being a leader isn’t just about telling your team what they can and cannot do.

Sure, at times it can feel like you are a glorified babysitter, but a true leader can look beyond the trivialities of being part of upper management and do the best they can to guide each and every person on their team towards personal success.

There are plenty of ways to help your team grow, but most, if not all of it, boils down to one thing: motivation. 

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Why and How to Set Your Expectations for Employee Success (Part II)

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In our post yesterday, we talked a bit about why it is important to set your expectations in order to ensure employee success.

As we mentioned, not properly explaining what you expect from your employees can put you and your company in a jam. Not only do those involved in the process end up wasting a lot of time and resources, but you also run the risk of higher turn-over rates, lower levels of productivity, or a few bad apples who just can’t shake the habits they’ve already formed.

Fortunately, there are ways to prevent this, which is why today we are going to go over how you can set your expectations and make them crystal clear for those new hires. Take look below:

  • Start earlier. Simply put, let your expectations be known as early as possible. Take the opportunity to outline your expectations–especially the most important ones –even as early on as the recruiting process.

    We’re not saying that you need to dump everything on your candidates all at once, but we do think you should be constantly reminding them as they move on with the hiring process. The sooner you start explaining your expectations, the better a chance you have at making sure each and every employee knows what you demand of them.

  • Be specific. As always, it important to be as specific as possible when it comes to outlining what you demand of your employees. Nothing is worse than the vague “we value hard working and excellent people” slogans that say nothing of what you actually look for in employees.

    Be open and tell them exactly what you want. If possible, you might even consider referencing the work ethic and attitude of certain employees you already have–allowing your new hires to know exactly what it is that you need.

  • Always touch base. Finally, as you take your candidate along the hiring process and even throughout training, try to touch base with them and see how they are feeling as they become acclimated to the company culture and expectations. If they seem to deviate at any time, it is up to you to make sure they get back on board before any bad habits set in.

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Why and How to Set Your Expectations for Employee Success (Part I)

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In your time as a recruiter, you’re bound to have a candidate or two who seems like the perfect fit, but just doesn’t meet expectations when they’re hired.

This, of course, can be pretty frustrating. And, as much as we’d like to say that they’re just another bad candidate who somehow made it all the way through the hiring process without being noticed, the truth of the matter is that there are a lot of things that hiring managers can do to avoid these types of situations.

There can be a lot of reasons why employers might shoulder the blame, but perhaps the most common reason is that an employer does a bad job at setting and making expectations crystal clear to our new employees.

Have a look below for some information on why it’s important to set your expectations from the start, and how to do so to ensure employee success:

Waste of time

First things first, not setting your expectations straight is simply a waste of time for your company. That would mean that the recruiter, the interviewer, the hiring manager, the trainer, your other employees, and even the new hire all put effort into something that wasn’t clearly executed in the first place, in turn keeping you and your company from working productively.

Waste of resources

In turn, what that means for you is a waste of resources spent looking for the wrong candidate. Ensuring that your company utilizes their efforts effectively and efficiently can make a big impact on the success of your company. Where they wasted their efforts hiring and training the wrong candidate, they could’ve spent time finding the top talent necessary to help you enhance your productivity.

Fortunately, there are ways to prevent the situations we’ve mentioned here. Check in tomorrow to see how you can set your expectations for employee success. In the meantime, what do you expect from your employees and why do you have these expectations? You can let us know by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter!

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