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8 Ways Organizations Can Damage Employee Loyalty

3/9/18 3:33 PM

Organizations work hard to ensure they are bringing in the best talent, spending countless hours and resources interviewing, training and onboarding. Losing this talent, having the employees ‘check-out’, feel under worked or unappreciated is the last thing employers want to happen. The following are ways organizations are bringing down their employee’s loyalty

  1. Never allowing employees to be ‘off’. Requiring employees to be accessible 24/7 will wear them down, and not allow them to feel as if they have any time to recharge. It is important that employees are able to focus other factors in their life besides work. Having a work life balance is just as important as being a great employee.  
    33 percent of employed adults work on an average Saturday, Sunday, or holiday. This has led 66 percent of full-time employees to say they don’t strongly believe they have a work-life balance. -Michael Guta, Small Business Trends
  2. Requiring your staff to complete tasks they strongly dislike or are not good at. If you take the time to match your staff with responsibilities they’re good at, the quality of work your staff produces will be higher, and everyone will be happier.
  3. Not making an attempt to get to know your employees on a personal level. Nothing will make an employee less appreciated than feeling like a disposable resource.
  4. Expecting employees to absorb the company into every aspect of their lives. Forcing things like having logos on cars, liking the business on social media, following on social media, or even participating in work events on their time off/weekends will not help gain an employee’s loyalty.
  5. Blaming the rules for inflexibility. Do not favor the employee manual over the employee, be sure to evaluate the situation and make an informed decision rather than blindly following rules that may not actually be in your company’s best interest.
  6. If you request your employees input, make sure you listen to them and do not ignore them. They are going out of their way to help you better the company.
  7. Having the main focus be cash flow. Money is the least effective and most expensive motivator when it comes to employee retention.
  8. Overall putting the company over your employees. Without great employees, businesses would not be able to succeed.

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