There are a lot of discussions about the issues faced by employers in engaging and retaining employees. However, it seems that rarely do people discuss the challenges faced by employees
The modern global workplace is a competitive arena with challenges for both the employer and the employee. With many companies finding it hard to retain their employees and keep them engaged, it is best to focus and improve on all the drivers of employee engagement and retention. With heightening expectations of employees from their companies, there are many difficulties they encounter on a daily basis, especially with regard to their supervisors and company leaders.
As leadership is the key aspect that matters with regard to sustainably engaging employees in their work, the attitude of employees toward their employers and vice versa matters a lot. Problems with the boss can be emotionally and physically draining for an employee. With regard to their leaders, the challenges faced by employees include unreasonable expectations, lack of appreciation, and a boss who is not approachable. Incompetent employers who just hold positions of power due to their longer work experience but lack leadership skills add to the frustration of junior employees. Where unrealistic work goals are set upon their subordinates by bosses, where the workers do not have confidence in their leaders to make decisions for mutual benefit, it can get quite challenging. Being employed in a company that talks a lot about being productive and leading, but actually does not seem to be achieving any specific goal can also be a turn-off for employees.
With most of the reasons for quitting a job being directly related to the boss, company leaders and supervisors need to evaluate themselves and improve their leadership skills in order to retain their most talented workforce and build lasting work relationships with their subordinates to provide maximal benefit to their organization and increase productivity. To become the ideal employer, it is best to get reviewed by your own workforce.
For the 21st century employee challenges are not just limited to poor leadership, with factors like poor work/life balance, stress, length of commute, bullying, lack of growth opportunities and poor work environment. A no-go