Unclear job expectations can lead to confusion and stress in employees. Many individuals seek more than just financial compensation; they find meaning and purpose in the work they do. When expectations are not set correctly, employees may begin to establish their own goals and standards, which can lead to silos and inefficiencies. Clear expectations can establish common goals for the team, driving higher performance and engagement. Leaders can set clearer expectations by:
Involving Employees in Defining the Big Picture
This involvement can take in the form of team meetings, offsites, and discussions where employees have the opportunity to provide their input on how their work can contribute to the company’s overarching objectives. This collaborative approach creates a sense of involvement in the organization’s journey, giving employees a meaningful direction. As a result, employees can see their significance of the contributions and are more likely to feel motivated and engaged.
Adopting a Coaching Approach
Micromanagement can be demoralizing and counterproductive, leading to reduced employee engagement, motivation, and satisfaction. Offering guidance and support, while giving employees the autonomy to make decisions and address challenges is an important strategy. This approach not only encourages employees to take ownership in their work, but also helps them grow professionally and personally. Additionally, it also shows trust in their capabilities, contributing to a culture that encourages initiative and self-reliance.
Ensure Expectations are Realistic and Hold People Accountable
Setting clear and achievable expectations plays a huge role in keeping employees motivated. It is important that expectations are realistic, considers the available resources, timeframes, and align with the employee’s skillsets. As well, it is equally important to hold employees accountable for meeting these expectations. Accountability should be balanced with support and guidance so that employees have the right tools and knowledge to achieve these expectations.