Want to know the #2 reason why your people could leave your business or just disengage completely??
It might not have occurred to you.
It’s all to do with your expectations.
More specifically, unrealistic expectations placed upon them.*
And thinking about it, it’s no real surprise, is it?
For example, you only have to turn on the news and you’ll see another story of the immense pressure our teachers and nurses are under, particularly since the start of the pandemic, with no real change in their circumstances on the horizon.
And as a result, they’re leaving in record numbers.
It’s heartbreaking to watch.
A new report by Microsoft found that globally, on average, 48 percent of employees are burnout (it’s higher here in Australia – 62%). That number increases when you look specifically at managers – it’s now a global average of 55%.
It’s important when we witness events like these and read new report findings that we as leaders and business owners turn the spotlight back on ourselves and ask the question,
What about my team?
Have I placed unrealistic expectations on them?
Am I expecting too much?
Am I expecting too much of myself?
I know, business is tough.
The pressures right now have never been greater, particularly with universal staff shortages and rising costs.
It’s a delicate balancing act of getting things done on budget and on time while maintaining the health, well-being, and morale of you and your people.
However, if you all burn out or get seriously ill from the continual pressure you’re under, then what’s the point at the end of the day?
Or if relationships or families break down because you’re all always working?
It’s beneficial as leaders to regularly take a step back and look at the expectations we have of ourselves, our team, and the business and determine what needs to change.
Sometimes it takes someone independent from your business to see what must be done.
Often we’re too close to it – everything seems critical!
If this is the case, ask your mentor or a trusted, wise and experienced colleague for advice.
I’ve consulted my mentor many times throughout my business journey as I know I don’t have all the answers.
And fresh eyes and a fresh perspective are always good.
It’s important you get your expectations in check so that not only you and your people are thriving physically and mentally, but that your people stay with you, giving you their best performance day in, day out, for the long term.
Have you set realistic expectations of yourself and your people?