As a CEO, your leadership style can make or break your company’s success. Just like children who mimic their parents’ behavior, your employees are a reflection of your leadership style. Your leadership style can inspire and motivate your employees, or it can demotivate and discourage them. It’s essential to take a step back and analyze your employee base to ensure they are working in the way that you want them to. When your employees are not performing to your standards, it may be time to reflect on your leadership style and how it may be impacting the overall operation of your business.

Oftentimes CEOs become engrossed in the day to day operations of the company, but it’s important to conduct a thorough analysis of your emloyee’s productivity output. Here’s a good place to start: 

  1. Set clear expectations and goals: The first step in analyzing your employee behavior is to set clear expectations and goals. Employees need to know exactly what is expected of them in order to perform at their best. Make sure that you have communicated your expectations and goals clearly, and that your employees understand what they need to do to meet these expectations.
  2. Observe their work habits: Take the time to observe your employees’ work habits. Do they arrive to work on time? Do they take frequent breaks or procrastinate on tasks? Do they work efficiently, or do they get easily distracted? By observing their work habits, you can get a sense of whether they are performing to your standards.
  3. Provide feedback: Provide regular feedback to your employees on their performance. Let them know what they are doing well and what they need to improve on. This feedback will help them to stay on track and improve their performance. You will also be able to see who responds well to constructive criticism and who does not. 
  4. Look at their productivity: Productivity is an important measure of employee performance. Are your employees completing their tasks in a timely manner? Are they meeting deadlines? Look at their productivity to determine whether they are performing to your standards.
  5. Check their quality of work: The quality of work is just as important as productivity. Are your employees producing work that meets your standards? Is the work they produce accurate and of high quality? If not, you may need to provide additional training or guidance.
  6. Analyze their attitude: The attitude of your employees can have a big impact on their performance. Are they motivated and engaged in their work? Are they positive and supportive of their colleagues? 

It’s easy to blame employees for not meeting expectations, but as a leader, you must take responsibility for your team’s performance. If your employees are not working in the way that you want them to, it’s time to take a step back and reflect on your leadership style. Are you setting clear expectations? Are you meeting the same expectations that you set forth for the company? Do you arrive to work on time? Do you have a positive attitude?  Does your attitude motivate and inspire your team to do their best work?

As a leader, your company culture is a reflection of your performance as a leader. If your employees are not performing to your standards, it’s your responsibility to be self-aware and act accordingly. Check out our blogs from the last few weeks to determine if you are a self-aware CEO.