Working the Fit
Sometimes, the problem isn’t lack of skills, but rather lack of interest. A recent global talent development firm Career Systems International surveyed nearly 20,000 employees and asked, “What matters most for your work engagement?” Almost 63 percent of those surveyed cited “exciting and challenging work” as their top stay factor.
That’s a pretty tall order for any organisation, as providing every employee with this kind of work doesn’t always align with a department’s needs, but Managers can start by building interest.
Help your employees find tasks that most interest them and try to align their work in a way that generates enthusiasm.
In truth, there should be very few square pegs in round holes in any organisation. Managers cannot afford the lack of productivity and disengagement, and employees deserve to contribute their skills in a meaningful way.
Recognise when fit is not working in your team or in your organisation. Start a conversation around interests, skills or values. Then create a plan to support forward movement for the employee, I assure you, they will be grateful.