Nov 02 2021| Leadership | leaders
The seven symptoms of a sick company and how effective leaders restore good health - Part 3
Part 3 in this series of 7 short articles.
by Phil Eyre Leaders' Founder
Our cohort defined presenteeism as a lack of creativity, buy-in, discretionary effort and care. People are doing the bare minimum and often to a below-acceptable standard. Yet we find that, generally, people don’t want to get up in the morning and do a bad job during the day. Most of us prefer to enjoy our work, give our best and make a positive impact in our workplaces. What, therefore, causes an unhealthy presenteeism? We believe that this is substantially poor leadership, observed in these ways:
- new ideas are shot down or dismissed by senior management. The reasons for this tend to be an arrogance that the manager is the sole source of good ideas or a lack of courage to try new things. Either way, the net effect is that people in the company stop bringing new ideas and energy to the table.
- there is a loss of vision or belief in the importance of the company’s products and services. Tasks have become disconnected from anything purposeful and therefore day-to-day activity is bound to be mundane. It is the leaders’ responsibility to consistently convey vision, purpose and meaning in the workplace.
- leaders are role modelling being self-centred rather than serving their people and customers. In the worst cases, the c-suite impose procedures and expectations on their people that they excuse themselves from. For example, we are aware of some companies that are requiring their people return to the office five days per week, apart from senior managers who are ‘trusted to work from home flexibly when they need to’. This kind of inconsistency is devastating to morale.
To read about the fourth symptom of a sick company, click here.