Research shows placing too much focus on hitting financial targets can have negative effects on employee morale. It can even lead to unethical behavior, such as cutting corners or falsifying data, which can ultimately harm the company’s reputation and financial performance.
When conversations constantly revolve around financial metrics, employees may feel like they’re reduced to mere cogs in the company machine, solely responsible for driving up profits to satisfy shareholders. Instead, foster a connection between employees and the organization’s purpose. Emphasize the intrinsic value of their work and remind them that it’s not just about monetary rewards. Personal growth, meaningful experiences, and recognition are equally important.
Let one message resonate throughout the organization: Your work holds significance beyond financial targets.