Take these steps to promote stong morale on your team
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I was speaking with a friend of mine this week. We were discussing how she has been passed up for a promotion or two over the past two years. Obviously this isn’t an uncommon problem. Many people are passed up for promotions all of the time, whether it’s for a better candidate, a stronger fit for the organization, or they just aren’t the right person for the job.
What struck me about our conversation was the ways in which she was passed up. She mentioned she never even received an interview after many years working for her organization. She was obviously qualified for the roles that she applied for so this seemed strange. She also mentioned that some of the positions didn’t seem to get posted internally so that current employees could have the opportunity to apply before the job was advertised outside the organization.
If there is one thing that will destroy morale it is making your employees feel like they have no room to grow. When you choose to hire from outside of the organization before giving your own loyal employees a chance first you have a recipe for mutiny. Thankfully there are some simple steps you can take that will please your employees and also help assure you hire the best person for the job.
You should always post all positions internally before looking outside the organization for a candidate. Be clear about the requirements of the position so that your employees know whether or not they have the skills needed to apply. Some employees may still apply even though they do not meet the qualifications. Take this opportunity to coach and mentor them on what they would need to do in order to apply in the future. This will help them realize you care about them as an individual and their career path.
Give those current employees that are qualified a true chance to win the position. The old adage the grass isn’t always greener on the other side usually holds true. Sure, the employee you have now isn’t perfect, but who is! It’s amazing when given the opportunity how many will rise to the occasion. There is nothing more motivating to someone than knowing their superiors believe in them enough to take a chance on their success. You know your staff well already which is a positive. Those candidates outside the organization also aren’t perfect, but you do not know what their imperfections are and rarely will an interview give you that information.
If you are in a position to do so, make sure your entire management team and human resources group are on board with your plan. It does no good for your organization to have one or two departments that don’t adhere to the company policy. It undermines your credibility and in the end will make all of your hard work for naught. If you aren’t the head decision maker at your company, implement this practice to the best of your ability within your own team. You will soon be known as the leader that everyone wants to work with.
Having a professional work environment with consistent policies encouraging promotion from within will not only improve morale, but it will also cut down on attrition saving your company time and money while helping you grow stronger in the years ahead. Commit to this philosophy and you will soon see your team become the happy and motivated workforce you have been striving for.
Mike Urgo Consulting LLC