It’s tough as a leader to hear that a team feels undervalued but it’s important that they feel able to tell you.
It doesn’t matter whether they are actually undervalued or not. If they feel like it, then that perception will eventually feed into the team, their attitudes and how they perform.
Undervalued people will leave teams.
Undervalued people will leave teams and tell people why.
Undervalued people will leave teams and tell people why, which can foster animosity towards those who lead.
Nobody wants any of that.
Yet it happens. Not deliberately either. Leaders are busy people and at times they have an eye on one of many things. That’s not an excuse, just a reality.
Possible antidotes in this:
Leaders – increase your levels of awareness, to know what’s going on, ask the questions, invite feedback, don’t allow ignorance to be an excuse any longer.
Team – have patience, your leaders are humans too, they get it right and they get it wrong, they may not see it but it doesn’t mean they don’t care. Don’t quit the team, instead help your leader lead.
What’s your experience of this and how have you dealt with it?