There is a lot of pandering, click-baiting, bad advice on LinkedIn for job seekers which discourages personal responsibility and discernment and instead suggests corporate discrimination (of many sorts) is the root of job-seeker woes. Oleg Vishnepolsky and Liz Ryan are notable viral examples. Their posts attract thousands of comments and likes.
Why is setting expectations so important to making employees successful?
How many times have you heard someone say that a job wasn’t what they expected. Who does that reflect on? Both them and the employer, no? They failed to ask enough questions to discover what the job really was and the employer failed to disclose enough about the role. Transparent information flow is necessary for understanding and mutual commitment.
An important element of our business philosophy is to be an “ally”. It’s a filter we work our decisions through. Is this something an ally would do? How can we best serve our alliances? How can we improve the condition of our client? How can we improve people’s lives? How can we add value, regardless of the reward. We have that attitude and seek fellow companies who share it.
I write this sitting at Coeur d’Alene Coffee, a local cafe known for friendliness. They know everyone’s name and consequently people always smile when they enter and they have a loyal contingent. Employees need the same personalized attention to feel known, to feel cared for, understood, and to feel safe.
This is not tawdry advice. Consider every toxic environment you have seen; did people feel known, understood, cared for, and safe?
Employee satisfaction in their work relies on three factors, per the excellent book ‘3 Signs of a Miserable Job’ by Patrick Lencioni.
Relevance. How do they help improve other’s lives? These people may be customers, coworkers, or their boss. People feel fulfilled when their work has an appreciable positive impact on other people’s lives. The more you can connect their efforts to positive impact, the better. Having a culture of gratitude for their work is an important first step in relevance….
We hear many hiring authorities complain about the employees that THEY HIRED and THEY MANAGE. Some realize their complaints are in part a reflection of their own leadership ability and rise to the challenge, others flounder, wondering why people don’t perform as expected.
Our most capable, stable, and competitive clients value elevating leaders over securing their own positions. They care more about their employees success than their own short-term goals.