Today we all know that a company’s most important asset is its employees. But in reality, this is only the case when the entire workforce is fully engaged. Our top tips will help you keep your employees engaged!
Once a week or fortnight, sit down with your employee individually and check in on them. A quote that goes unrecognised is Steve’s Jobs where he speaks about our Talented staff “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.”
After all, your employees who are doing the work directly might have great ideas that could potentially go unnoticed!
Make it a regular habit to speak to employees individually – ask them:
These one-on-one sessions show that you genuinely care about your staff. This will ultimately motivate them and keep everyone focused.
When employees haven’t been challenged for a while, they tend to get bored and unmotivated – and this is particularly true with your star employees, who tend to learn things quickly!
“When you assign an employee more responsibility, you offer them a challenge. And when challenged, most employees will rise to the occasion.” – Salesforce
Assign your employees new duties and responsibilities, encouraging them to learn new skills.
Listening is key – recognise when an employee is keen on learning a new skill or taking on more responsibility.
As a good leader, recognise the potential in your employees and delegate in order for them to grow! Set yearly and monthly goals asking them what success for this month looks like to them.
In that way, employees can set their own goals and can hold themselves accountable. Employees go further, put in more commitment and dedication to their work when they know their leader has their back.
Build your employees up, and make sure you help them get back on their feet in the face of failure.
Recognition! Praise! Appreciation! Too often workplaces operate on a “no news is good news” system.
However, it is important to tell people and praise them every time they’ve done a good job. After all, if you don’t let them know, employees will have no idea whether their efforts are appreciated. And in the worst-case scenario, they’ll start to wonder why they should even bother!
An easy way is to send a brief email saying “Hey! Just wanted to let you know that you did an awesome job on that report/ presentation!”
Or even better, let them know in person! This will boost their morale and motivate them to continue doing their best!
It costs nothing to offer a few kind words. Being recognised for their hard work goes a long way!
Of course, you can’t force everyone to be friends with one another, but you can take it into your own hands to plan social events and activities.
This will help employees to connect with their co-workers to find common interests outside of work.
People want to grow, develop and make progress.
If you have the power to arrange their work so they can do that, even if it’s a little bit every day, they are more likely to become motivated. Encouraging and acknowledging progress is vital!
To celebrate, break down goals into smaller milestones.
In this way, every time an achievement is checked off the list, the team will know that they’re one step closer to achieving their goal. This keeps employees motivated knowing that they’re continually making progress.