It’s no secret that motivated and engaged employees are more productive, but how do you, as an employer, ensure that you are encouraging your team on a daily basis and helping them to feel like they are part of the team?
We’ve listed some tips below to help you out to ensure your working environment is a much more positive one to work in.
Listen to them
Employees aren’t school children. They don’t want to be bossed around all the time and having their opinions shot down is discouraging. They want to have their voices heard, not brushed off or ignored.
Creating an environment where you offer your time by sitting and listening to what they have so say, no matter what the subject, is very important for employee growth. Employees want to feel like their views matter and if you show compassion and an interest in what they have to say, productivity will surely increase and you’ll find that you’re a much more approachable employer as a result.
Make them feel part of the team
There are times at work when your employees will use their own initiative and work alone, but there are certain projects that will need a good, solid team effort in order to succeed. Make sure you inform your employees of how important teamwork is when it comes to working on tasks, particularly with those tasks that might be more challenging. This will make them feel like they are a valued member of the team and will inspire them to work even harder on the next project that they take on.
You’re happy with their performance and they’re proud of their achievements so it’s win-win all around!
Nothing makes an employee feel more demoralised quite like inconsistency in the workplace and this can come in all shapes and sizes. Showing favouritism towards certain colleagues or making empty promises can make an employee feel rather devalued.
Be consistent with your attitude and behaviour as this will help employees understand where they stand. They’ll also feel more comfortable approaching you and you won’t have to have any awkward conversations in the future with colleagues that you may’ve upset.
Praise their achievements
When an employee does something well it’s important to acknowledge their success and praise them accordingly. This applies to teamwork or when a sales group hit their targets but even if the achievement is small and it was the work of one colleague, it should still be recognised as an achievement.
A reward doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, a simple ‘good job’ or ‘thanks for all your hard work’ is a good way to show your appreciation and you can guarantee that employee will go away feeling happy and appreciated.
Give them your undivided attention
If an employee comes to you with a question or concern, make sure you give them your full attention. Sitting on your phone or looking at what another colleague is doing in the background is not only rude but it’s very distracting for the employee, especially if they are approaching you with an uncomfortable issue that is difficult to talk about.
Show them that you understand whatever it is they have come to you about and that you want to do all you can to help. You might not be able to do a whole lot if it’s a personal issue but just offering to be there will make an employee feel instantly better.
If you are unable to talk properly at that moment in time, schedule some time in for later where you can show your full support so the employee knows you still care.
Learn more about them
This isn’t necessarily work related but asking about your employees and their personal interests is not only a great conversation starter but also it will show them that you’re interested in them as a person rather than just an employee.
You may even learn that you have things in common by having frequent conversations, asking about their weekend, asking how they are and generally showing an interest in their lives.
A positive attitude rubs off on other people, so engaging with your employees through positive conversation will likely improve their attitude in the office.
Provide your colleagues with training and development
One of the most crucial aspects of your employees’ careers is the opportunity to develop in the workplace. Employees feel a sense of pride when they do something well and when they feel like they’re progressing it makes them want to continue doing good work.
Don’t let your employees become frustrated by giving them the same mundane task everyday or giving them a job to do without providing them with proper training. Instead, allocate some time for the appropriate training they need so they can spread their wings, challenge themselves and learn some new skills.
At Time Recruitment we specialise in helping employees find the right candidates to join their team, while helping job seekers look for a specific role that is perfect for them.
We understand that every individual is unique so we tailor our approach to make sure you get quality customer service that is customised to your needs.
If you want to contact a member of our team to find out more about how we can help you, get in touch today and we’ll be on hand to help you make the right steps towards your goals.