One of the most important parts of running any business is team engagement. Namely, many companies wonder how and why they aren’t getting the results they expect. Indeed, their teams are good, they are well educated, trained, and professional, and they passed any and all tests and exams with flying colours. And the problem isn’t the equipment either – they have the right computers/software/machinery they need to get the job done. Well, the issue here is, in fact, team engagement.
Namely, everything can be in place, you can have the perfect system, the ultimate approach to your work and your ideas, but it won’t matter much if you don’t keep your employees engaged, interested, and motivated. For this reason, we have written up the article below, and will
Keep an eye on awards and “punishments”
No bad deed should go unpunished, no good deed should miss out on a reward. You always want to reward any and all the good work you see. Sure, a good day’s work should be its own reward, but you will still get better results if you actually show people that you recognize their talents, their hard work, and their dedication. You can recognize this through a nice bonus, but sometimes verbal recognition is enough.
In that same vein, you want to keep your people in check as well. It’s very important that you make a distinction between a serious mistake caused by laziness and sloppiness, and a mistake that simply sometimes happens.
We advise you to stick to the maxim of “praise in public, scold in private”. If you are happy with someone’s performance, praising them in public will lead to people understanding that you will do the same for them if you think they deserve it, motivating them to do more. In that same vein, scolding them in private, explaining what they did wrong, will save them from embarrassment, and won’t scare other people of making a mistake as much.
Nurture realistic positivity
Now, the keyword here is “realistic”. Too often companies try to force a positive work environment onto their employees. Now, there is a good reason for this. Working in a place that is pleasant, optimistic, and relaxed really does help one get some work done easily and quickly. However, if you force it, if you get low-rate motivational speakers that don’t understand how people work, you will get into trouble.
So, we advise you stay calm and collected whenever something bad is happening at work. Try to project a cheerful disposition, resist brooding, and control your temper and your anxiety. The last thing you should do is lash out, or let people see you’re freaking out.
Make connections easier
You want people in the office to communicate, and while you can’t really serve as a wingman for everybody, you can communicate easier. Try to keep the environment and feeling at the office relaxed. Minimize any tension, try to promote communication between teams, departments, and co-workers.
Namely, office arguments are the worst. They sink morale, they getting everybody tense, and they crucify productivity. If things get really bad, they might even end p in court, with people contacting professional litigation lawyers. Of course, this is a rather dramatic turn of events that need not go that far. Still, the easier you communicate with your people, the lower the chances of something so extreme will happen.
Give everyone a voice
If you want people to connect, to communicate, and to be engaged in the workplace, we suggest you give everyone a voice. Always find time to hear out your employees. However, you are probably thinking – will they waste your time. And invariably they will. However, this is an opportunity for two things.
First, you will teach them and remind them, continually, that you care, and that you are willing to listen. Second, you get to teach them what is important, and what isn’t. If they have truly wasted your time, try to explain why. This may be a lot of work at first, but slowly it will become easy.
Be clear on your goals and milestones
Finally, a simple but very useful tip – be clear on you goals. If you want people to be engaged, they need to know that they are making some progress, that they are making an impact. One of the worst things in the office is feeling like a cog in a big machine. Try to get people to understand what kind of impact they are making, show them that they matter. Furthermore, let them know what your goals are, and inform them when they hit milestones.
In order to get employee engagement, you want to communicate with them. You want your people to understand each other, to talk, to always know they can express themselves. Furthermore, you also want them to have a clear and direct view of what you are doing, and why you are doing it. Always lead by example, let people know that their voices will always be heard, and you got yourself a recipe for full-blown success.