Happy Spring Tremendous Upsiders!
It‚Äôs time to drop Talent Mixtapes, Part 2: The Anthems of Disengaged Employees. In case this is your first time jamming with our Talent Mixtapes series, here‚Äôs the breakdown‚Äìour music obsessed team pulls from their playlists to express different talent industry pains.
This edition is all about those employees that can‚Äôt get no satisfaction in their current career setting. Watch out for any team members humming along to these tunes‚Ä¶
Let‚Äôs start off with an easy one:
- Should I Stay or Should I Go ‚Äì The Clash
This is your chance to take action; they are literally asking you for guidance when it comes to their next career move. If your company can‚Äôt offer an employee what they need to take the next step in their career, tell them instead of stringing them along just to fill a function.
- Numb/Encore ‚Äì JayZ & Linkin Park
Of course, you want to hire people that align well with your culture and contribute to your vision, but they shouldn‚Äôt all be exactly alike. Fostering a diverse workforce in every sense of the term will up your game and allow for culture add, instead of just fit. To paraphrase the great Chester Bennington, let your employees be more like them and less like you.
- At My Job ‚Äì Dead Kennedys
‚ÄúAll that time spent going to school
Just to end up following-rules.‚Äù
Say it with me: Goal-Setting! Better yet, task this high-potential, low-rules employee with initiatives that involve shaking up inefficient processes so that they can spearhead a meaningful responsibility.
- Love the Way You Lie ‚Äì Eminem featuring Rihanna
I‚Äôm sure none of us are making this major talent management mistake, but just in case, I‚Äôm going to say it anyways‚Ä¶ stop lying to your employees about opportunities, process changes, and so on. Sure, some of your people will continue to stick around even after they figure out they‚Äôve been duped, but that doesn‚Äôt mean the problem has been fixed. Think about it‚Äìhow can you attract great talent when your current people are, at best, indifferent to your organization and their roles?!
- Dropkick Murphys ‚Äì Worker‚Äôs Song
‚ÄúFor our skills are not needed, they‚Äôve streamlined the job
And with sliderule and stopwatch our pride they have robbed.‚Äù
This one goes out to all of the employees that are stuck in a toxic culture that constantly leaves them fearing for their jobs while the fat cat‚Äôs about. There may never be enough perks or purpose to fix this employee‚Äôs experience, but with some systematic change and recognition initiatives, leadership and HR could turn this whole ship around for the others.
- 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover ‚Äì Paul Simon
When done respectfully, putting in your two weeks takes time and contemplation. This employee hasn‚Äôt quite put pen to paper, and in fact, it sounds like they might not leave a parting note at all. It‚Äôs up to this person‚Äôs manager to take notice and keep Jack from slipping out the back before you can level-set the situation.
- I‚Äôm Bored‚Äì Iggy Pop
This ballad is representative of the employee who is content with their compensation but believes that they are flat out sleepwalking through their career. The solution: give them something to get their blood pumping again. Competitions, new responsibilities, events, promotional opportunities, Taco Bell gift cards‚Äìwhatever ignites the passion they once had for their career (and is, of course, compliant with current policy) is worth a shot.
- Cups (When I‚Äôm Gone) ‚Äì Anna Kendrick
Unlike the ‚Äú50 ways‚Äù individual, this employee already has one foot out the door and a few bottles of whiskey on-hand to reassure them in this next big career move. The worst part? They are baiting other employees to come with‚Äìbeware of the domino effect!