Not So Great Expectations: Are You Setting Your Employees Up to Fail?

83253181As employers, we invest a lot in our staff, and in return, expect a lot from them. From following company policies, procedures, and culture to effectively completing assignments and job duties, in order to be successful, it’s important for every member of your team to understand exactly what’s required.

If your employees don’t understand your expectations, how can they be expected to achieve them? Make sure you’re not setting your team up to fail with these two common blunders.

Having Unclear Expectations
Without a good understanding of what you need from them, at some time or another, your employees will not meet your expectations, which could mean productivity, profitability, and morale issues for you.

When it comes to expectations, good communication is key. Take time to make sure every employee understands their job description, key duties, goals, and the role they play in your company. If you have specific expectations for a project, communicate those expectations clearly and up front. Asking for their feedback and questions is a great way to ensure everyone’s on the same page. As a project progresses, your expectations may change, so keep notes of the conversations you’ve had. Taking notes will help you remember what’s been communicated and what hasn’t should a problem arise.

Having Unrealistic Expectations
If the expectations set for employees are unrealistic, your staff could be doomed from the get go. Make sure the goals, projects, and deadlines you establish are realistic and achievable. A great place to start is by making sure your individual and company goals meet the SMART goals standard by being specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely. It’s also important to ensure your employees have the skills, experience, and tools they need to complete the projects you assign.

Most people come to work with the desire to succeed. After all, no one likes to fail. Your employees will stand a better chance of thriving at work if you set clear, realistic expectations from day one.


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