Is Low Employee Morale Causing High Turnover?
Low levels of employee morale can be a leading cause of high turnover. There are ways to improve morale and reduce the high costs of employee turnover. This article focuses on how improving communication in your organization can dramatically improve team morale.
Do you know what low levels of employee morale is costing your organization? Low morale can be a leading cause of employee turnover and poses a massive barrier to effectively retaining your best employees. Difficulties with interpersonal communication can heavily contribute to low levels of employee satisfaction and morale. A fundamental lack of understanding of the communication styles and methods of others can be blamed on these communication troubles.
The old adage "treat others as you would like to be treated" can explain much of these difficulties in communicating with others. When it comes to interpersonal communication a better approach would be "treat others as they would like to be treated". When you understand how others communicate and how they like to be communicated to, the results can be amazing...
It seems that every few months someone puts out a report about how bad bosses are viewed in the eyes of their subordinates. There is a simple explanation. The reality is... People don't understand one another. When we don't understand others, we label them as a defensive move.
You might ask yourself... Whether you are a boss or not...
- Do some team members always seem to be upset with other team members?
- Do you or your team members seem to have difficulty connecting with some people?
- Do you or your team members seem to connect with some and not others?
- Does low employee morale seem to be a problem?
The answer to why these challenges exist is much simpler than you might think. Your team's challenge of not connecting well is likely caused by a misunderstanding of behavioral differences. In other words - one's core behavioral style is typically very different from others and that causes friction.
The result is, despite one's best (or worst) efforts, some people can't seem to make the connection they desire. We become frustrated with others and they with us.
There is hope! When we understand our behavioral style and that of those around us, amazing things happen!
Why do some team members seem...
- to have an opinion for everything while others are very quiet?
- more detail-oriented and others more scatter-brained?
- to work better with others? Yet others are "introverted"?
- to seek out conflict and others run from it?
- change-oriented while others wish things would just stay the same?
The good news is these behaviors are actually quite predictable. Through a simple online personality profile, your team members can better understand themselves as well as their team members. With awareness comes the power to change or "flex" the way you communicate and treat one another.
In the old days, we went to a meeting knowing that we were going to be driven crazy by someone in particular. That someone was probably thinking the same thing about you...
Imagine your pre-meeting preparation including the review of a "Top 10 List of Communication Do and Dont's" for each meeting participant? When you know what "buttons" to push and which to avoid, your leadership effectiveness and that of your team increases dramatically! That's the secret! People want to be treated the way they desire.
The fact is we don't know one another nearly as well as we could and should. The result is...
It is much easier to label others as rude, insensitive, chatty, emotional, or a stick-in-the-mud than it is to truly understand them.
The magic is if your team understands one another at the level they could, amazing amounts of time would be utilized and high levels of productivity realized. How much time are your team members spending in efforts to make interpersonal challenges and employee conflict go away?
The answers lie in understanding your fellow team member's key Behavioral Styles. There is no secret to understanding these Behavioral Styles - they can be easily revealed through our powerful personality profile!
With knowledge comes power... As a result of understanding each team member's key behavior style, you will then be able to "flex" your behavioral style to theirs. The key is to understand why we are different so that you can...
- Treat others the way they want to be treated.
- Help team members work in jobs that fit their core behavior style more appropriately.
- Help your employees better connect with one another.
- Create better Customer Experiences by treating them the way they want to be treated.