There is a sore that is beginning to fester in many businesses right now and most managers are oblivious to it. It is not causing much pain, yet, and may even be disguised as something else entirely. At the worst, it is producing a low grade fever but, make no mistake, it is getting ready to raise its ugly head and wreak havoc on the business.
What I am talking about is management complacency towards staff motivation and retention. As money got tight, employees were asked to do more, with less, and in many cases they are not given the support they need to be successful. I had a conversation recently with a man who attended one of my workshops and paid for it himself. During a break he informed me that his boss had cut out all training dollars from the budget and he was concerned that the “fast track” to management he had been on might be slowing to a crawl. We talked for about 5 minutes and his final comment really caused me to stop and think. He said that while he might be stuck where he is right now, once he gains new skills,he will be finding a new job.
While I don’t have any idea what his job performance has been, I would guess that anyone willing to pay for his own training is probably a top performer. Training does not have to be outrageously expensive and time consuming. There are numerous products you can buy and administer yourself for a reasonable price. If you are completely strapped for cash, then at least set some time aside with your employees and help them work through their challenges in a thoughtful, methodical manner. Pull teams together to brainstorm solutions and then implement them with the rest of your staff. Don’t forget that your people are your greatest asset and the survival of your business relies heavily on your ability to keep them motivated and engaged. Now is not the time to cut them short on support.
Source: Craig’s Blog