My neighbor began telling me the other day that since the Covid-19 pandemic hit and his employer began having people work out of the house a year ago, the organization he works for has realigned duties in his department. For whatever reason, the organization began having people do a smaller slice of work. Each person has had duties pulled and instead of doing a variety of things, they are now doing almost one thing exclusively for the entire day…day after day after day. The bottom line is…he is bored out of his skull!
As they started the job duties realignment, nobody in leadership even talked to the employees to get their thoughts or see if it bothered them. At a time when people are experiencing some strong emotions because they are working virtually, the organization is making a bone-headed move that is making things worse. They are building boredom into the jobs when things are boring already because their people are working out of the house and don’t have the stimulus of seeing their co-workers, interacting at lunch together, etc. Heap this on top of the fact that nobody asked for their input about the change, and you have a recipe for an employee retention disaster.
Needless to say, my neighbor is not happy nor are the other people in the department. In fact, several have talked amongst themselves that when things really pick up in the economy, they will start looking for new jobs. When you have multiple employees talking about quitting, you know you have an issue. Clearly, these leaders are NOT thinking about the organization’s employee retention strategies.
Lastly, the idea of dummying down someone’s job sends the implicit message that you don’t Respect the abilities of that person. This is not consistent with my Give Your Employees C.R.A.P.® Philosophy (Caring, Respect, Appreciation, and Praise). Neither is it consistent with good employee retention practices. If you want to dummy someone’s job down, at least have the brains to speak to them about it. Otherwise, you will have your employees thinking about leaving the organization because their job has been “Dummied Down.”
Remember…Give Your Employees C.R.A.P.® (Caring, Respect, Appreciation, and Praise) Why? Because C.R.A.P. Works!
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