Build Ownership: It’s important to ensure that your employees feel comfortable in the workplace, so giving your staff responsibility will help them feel valued. Try and make employees feel that they are involved in running the company and not just working there to benefit the boss. A good way to inspire individuals is to have each one become familiar with tasks their team members carry out on a day to day basis. This allows employees to bring their own ideas to the mix and will result in varied inputs across each sector. Depending on the type of company, you could have staff members switch roles occasionally.
Another way to build ownership in the business is to keep employees in the know. As the leader you will have a clearer perspective of what’s happening in your company than your staff do. However, try and not keep everything confined as top secret information as it pays off to share.
People want to look forward to getting back to their place of work on a Monday morning and feel satisfied in their job, so offering weekly or monthly performance feedback sessions is highly beneficial. Praising them whenever needed is a good way to make them view their job in a positive light. It’s also vital for you to be respectful of employees at all times: listen, implement their ideas and encourage them.
Mix It Up: Not many employees feel satisfied doing the same roles over and over again. So try and give them different responsibilities from time to time. This will enable them to develop skills while gaining more confidence. Not only this, but it makes them feel an asset to your company which will increase your rate of employee loyalty. Even though some leaders may feel that allowing their workers to try new things will bring a risk to productivity, it is more of a risk for people to become bored in work, so lessen the chance of them leaving by giving them new tasks.
Offer Benefits: Offering workers an attractive benefits package will entice them to stay whilst also increasing motivation. Benefit packages usually include flexitime, life insurance and gym memberships. Training is another main attraction for employees as it allows them to increase their skillset and confidence. Offer a variety of training methods, such as training sessions, mentoring, teamwork and presentations.
Presenting benefits like flexitime enables employees to strike a good work/life balance. This is something that is important for people, especially if they have a family that they will want to spend quality time with. For example, if an employee is constantly working day in and day out, they will not be able to see friends and family. This will result in a stressed and unmotivated worker, so make sure you are giving employees the chance to work flexible hours before they go to another company which does. It’s also a good idea to provide small rewards for a project finished well or if an employee has achieved a set target, as workers will appreciate you rewarding their efforts.
Schedule Regular Meetings: Having meetings on a regular basis with your employees will allow them to get anything off their chest that might be bothering them. A quick morning meeting everyday or weekly will make employees feel more confident in their work and they will appreciate the opportunity to speak out and ask any questions.
As well as meetings, it is a good idea to organise events every so often to help your team get to know each other. Many leaders are aware that having a workforce who are friends as well as colleagues will make them feel happier coming to work every morning, giving a high level of job satisfaction.
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