As a business leader, you will likely have to oversee and manage the daily work of a variety of employees. This role will require you to encourage these workers to constantly learn, apply what they have learned, and adapt to changes and unexpected challenges along the way.
However, this process is not always smooth and easy. Sometimes, employees may exhibit weaknesses that will need to be directly addressed in a unique manner, for the benefit of both the company and the employee. Weak points may be immediately obvious — an inability to work well with others, for example — but others might be more subtle. An effective leader should be proficient in identifying both types of weaknesses, proactively working to correct them or address them appropriately.
Here are a few employee weaknesses you may be overlooking.
A lack of analytical thinking
Analytical skills are characteristics that are fostered in employees more than they are directly taught. Once you have instructed new employees on the crucial ins and outs of the company, it is mostly their job to break down their weekly workloads with both company-wide and individual goals in mind. In both scenarios, employees should constantly keep the big picture in mind, addressing daily problems in a way that fulfills this vision.
If an employee is struggling in this manner, it may be time to meet with him or her to reevaluate aspects of their scheduling, work budgeting, and most importantly their interpretation of their niche within the company’s general list of endeavors and aspirations.
A desire for low-hanging fruit
Employee productivity is a huge part of any company’s stability, and as a leader you will want to foster an environment build on productivity and reinforced by the healthy treatment of employees. However, take time to focus on the daily tasks your employees — even the most productive ones — are accomplishing. If an employee is taking a constant liking to low-hanging fruit tasks — those that are productive, but not necessarily crucial or indicative of the employee’s potential — be sure to remind them of their growing abilities and encourage them to step out of their comfort zone.
A damaged ego
Inflated egos are almost never a healthy component to any thriving workplace, as they typically lead to alienation and frustration amongst co-workers. However, the other end of the personality spectrum can be just as detrimental. Modesty is a fine employee quality when kept in check, but too much of it can quickly lead to a bruised ego and an inferiority complex that may subsequently lead to self-doubt, which in turn can stunt employee productivity. Personality issues can snowball very quickly and become bigger problems before they are foreseen, so be sure to nip any self-confidence issues in the bud as soon as they appear; address them by first focusing on your employee’s strengths and most admirable qualities.