You Have the Power to Prevent a ‘Hidden Resignation’
Changes in the way you lead can prevent your employees from joining the ranks of zombie workers.
Have you heard of “quiet quitting” or the “hidden resignation?” These are the new terms for employees who have lost interest in doing anything more than the minimum required to stay employed. And, it’s happening a lot. No one is exactly sure what is driving the trend, but many experts say the pandemic changed the way people think about work.
Whatever the cause, as a business owner, you can’t afford employees who aren’t committed to their jobs. The good news is that you have the power to prevent it. According to new research, the best way to get your team to be productive and committed is to start practicing something called “engaged leadership.”
Engaged leaders inspire engaged employees.
So what does engaged leadership look like? It boils down to three things:
You allow your employees a certain amount of freedom to do their jobs the way they see fit (employee autonomy)
You make your employees feel like they are good at their jobs (employee competency)
Your employees believe that you care about them.
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Bosses who exhibit those three traits are much more likely to have workers who are more optimistic, resilient, self-sufficient and flexible, researchers say.
Engaged leadership also results in more trust in management, better communication, and more active participation in decision-making.
According to Charlene Li, author of the book, The Engaged Leader, engaged leaders have three things in common: they listen with purpose, share information and genuinely interact with employees. That seems like something you can do today that will keep your employees from joining the ranks of zombie workers.