It's common sense, so now what?

When people ask us what they should be doing to help improve their teams and cultures, we usually end up telling them something along the lines of: show people you care about them, make sure they feel appreciated, ensure they understand how their daily work connects to the mission of the organization, let them connect with one another and find joy in their work, and so forth.

So when one of our co-workers found the article 8 Bad Mistakes That Make Good Employees Leave by Dr. Travis Bradberry, author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, we weren’t surprised by any of the reasons because they are the same ones we talk about every day.

You won’t be surprised either. In fact, you’ll probably nod your head and think: that’s just common sense.

And you’d be right. Knowing that people need recognition, and care, and fun, and passion, and freedom to be engaged and committed is common sense.

The important question then, is not “why do good employees leave organizations?” or “why do employees become disengaged?”, but why aren’t we doing what we know we need to do?

These things may be common sense, but putting them into action means making them priorities and holding leaders and teams accountable to them. When you can do that in your organization, then common sense thinking becomes reality.