Today, more than ever most of the people I come in contact with are trying to overcome some type of fear in their professional lives. Maybe it is fear of losing a big client. Maybe it is trying to find ways to keep great employees. Maybe there is a shortage of sales this quarter.
The point here is that fear is overcoming more and more people. The current primary election is bringing these fears to light. People are questioning everything: current policies, healthcare, 2-party system, taxes and more.
As a leader, I am learning that fear is something, I need to look at every day. Each day I am asking people around me what they are most afraid of. The answers I receive are very interesting. Many people have personal obligations they are trying to overcome and these obligations are affecting their work production. Other people are wondering what their current role in the company is and where management views their value in the future. Still others are fearful of issues outside of their control like a relative’s illness or a son or daughter’s work or school issues.
These fears are very real and it is critical that leaders can recognize these fears in their employees and acknowledge them. It is important to provide guidance and provide help where possible. In other cases, other options may need to be taken.
If you are a leader, ask your managers and staff what their biggest fears are today. Find out if these fears are work related or personal in nature. Learn more about your employees and try to understand where they are coming from. Collect this information and continue to look for ways to overcome these employee fears.