Signs Your Methods Are Ineffective

5 Signs Your Methods Are Ineffective

If you aren’t seeing any progress no matter what you’re doing, you’re probably taking a wrong step somewhere in your process implementation. For instance, if you’ve provided your employees with training opportunities, but they aren’t utilizing them, something’s probably up with your implementation.

But how can you find that something? Let’s look at five signs of an ineffective method:

1.  Low Engagement And Productivity

Employee engagement determines business success. According to McLean & Company, low employee engagement can cost your business around $3,400 for every $10,000 you pay them. It costs the American economy a staggering $350 billion per year. Aside from that, engagement also determines productivity. So, if your employees aren’t engaged in their work, they most likely won’t be productive. And that indicates something’s wrong with your method. How can you find the problem? Ask your employees what’s stopping them from working to the fullest. That’s the easiest way to solve your problem.

You could present them with several options to improve their situation or implement measures to make sure your employees don’t have a productivity problem. Take a lesson from Google, Apple, and Microsoft. Look at how they pay their employees what they’re worth, give them PTO, a million amenities at work, and chances to upskill. The result of the companies’ efforts is that none of their employees wants to leave.

They always give their best. So, instead of letting your employees become morose, try to get behind their worries and give them what they need, which is a good-life balance and appreciation. Honestly, it would cost you less than you’re currently losing out on.

2.  Inefficiency And Quality Deficiencies


This point spawns directly from the previous one. When your employees are barely interested in their work, they become unproductive. Lack of productivity leads to inefficiency, and that causes quality efficiencies. It’s a cycle that can lead your company into the ground, buried once and for all. And you might not even know what’s causing your employees to become morose.

However, the first thing you should look at is your process. Your business process can sometimes put too much load on employees and expect too much from them. Check if that’s the case with your employees. If it isn’t, look for other problems you may have in your process, such as lack of communication or needed technology, etc. Fix these problems so they rarely ever happen.

Why should you do that? Because if you don’t rectify your internal problems, they’re going to start reflecting onward on your clients and public image, which is a great way never to get back up again. Plus, you’re going to lose talented employees because of a process problem, which brings us to our next point.

3.  High Employee Churn

Employee churn is the bane of most businesses’ existence. You can’t afford to lose employees when you only have ten, and all have been wearing several hats. The loss is too great. So, if your employees are feeling run-down by the day-to-day, figure out what’s bugging them. There can be several reasons why your employees might be feeling down and leaving your company. Let’s look through a few:

  • Mental health struggles
  • Family struggles
  • Too much work
  • Lack of time off
  • Not enough compensation
  • Toxic managers and team leaders
  • Lack of communication
  • Payment problems.

All of these problems can cause you to lose your money-making employees and those you never want to lose. So, instead of claiming defeat or thinking that the problem isn’t with you, take a look at things you could do better and make them better. For instance, if you do your pay stubs manually, you should use a paystub generator to make them.

That’ll reduce errors and help you pay your employees what you owe to them. Similarly, if task management is becoming hectic, get project management software to help. If your employee churn rate drops after that, you know you’ve got some more heavy lifting to do.

4.  Missing Deadlines

Deadlines can be the nightmare you never wanted. They are especially terrible when twenty other things happen at once, leaving you unable to do anything but sit on your hands. However, most of the time, we can easily meet them. But if your employees are consistently missing deadlines, find out what’s plaguing them.

Is it because the deadlines are too short? Is it because the work is too complicated? What’s the problem? Once you find out the reason, fix it. For instance, if the deadlines you’re giving are too short, make them longer. If the work is too complicated, ask your employees if you could be of assistance.

5.  Low Customer Satisfaction

Customers are the lifeblood of businesses, and when they begin turning away, you know you’re in deep trouble. Take it this way: your customer is the people who give you the capital to justify the cost of what you’re doing. They take care of your bills, and you give them products and services in return. If you don’t give them excellent products and services, they won’t pay your bills, and you’ll be left bereft.

So, if you see customer satisfaction problems popping up on your tab every two days, think about improving your process. Check if your sales reps are dealing with too much load or don’t have enough time to manage all the customers they’re getting. Find out if the product team needs expert opinion or has run into an issue that could be solved by beta testing. Remember: put in as much effort as you can to improve your process when customers are turning away because when they leave, they’re never getting back again.

Hue Douglas is the Chief Editor of Zumboly and a former Journalist. With a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Seattle University, he writes mainly about technology, health, and business fields since he finds them engaging and fulfilling. Through writing many articles and gaining experience, he has evolved into a storyteller who shares his knowledge through these articles.