One cannot expect high-quality of work output from employees who do not feel well about what they do. It’s simple logic, actually.
There is a limit to how much a person can accomplish in a day given his or her current workload and available time. Also, factors such as company environment, benefits and rewards can shape the perception a worker has towards the service he renders at a regular basis.
If you find your team lagging behind deadlines or delivering low-grade results, chances are, they lost some reason to stay motivated. And frankly, this is natural. No matter how one likes his or her job, there are bad days and uninspiring moments at work. It happens. No corporation is perfect in everything.
Skilled company owners and team leaders understand this and make sure that their members’ needs when it comes to their working environment are taken care of. One of the most effective means to do this is through engagement.
Merriam-Webster defines the term ‘engagement’ as an ’emotional involvement or commitment’ and ‘the state of being in gear.’
By allowing workers to act in response to an activity, instruction or basically anything you’ve set other than their expected daily output, you are encouraging them to actively participate in the company’s wholesome development. Below are ways on how you can get started.
Create an opportunity to enhance employee potential
They may not tell you in person but employees innately desire to enhance their skills in one way or another. It’s one way to keep them from getting bored easily on those things they always do.
A good way to do this is to organize training or workshops per team. Perhaps your graphics design team would like a crash course on the latest tool developed for virtual design. These type of events don’t need to last for days. It can be a one to two-day, output-based activity to encourage sharing of ideas and new learning.
Give them the chance to lead
Putting some of your members in a position with authority is not only a positive gesture but more like a statement of trust. Naturally, you don’t just ask someone to lead if you don’t trust their ability to work with the rest of the team.
By affirming this trust, you are empowering both the assigned lead while at the same time encouraging the others to improve their own performance.
Give due credit to high-performing employee
Giving credit to top-performing workers can do more wonders than what you think. But it’s also a standing fact that doing so doesn’t come easily to many employers.
There are various types of credit. It can come in cash and in kind. When recognizing the effort of a person, be sure to make the rest of the members know about it too. This form of awareness is a boost to the confidence of the awarded employee and can act as an inspiration for the rest of the members to do better.
Encourage members to help create a conducive working environment
Let’s face it. The typical office setup we see in cities are not the best environment we hope our work stations should appear.
This is true especially in creative industries like the web design Philippines whose employees constantly need motivation to come up with fresh and practical ideas in building websites.
Instead of settling for monotony, encourage your team to share their ideas on how to beautify your office. Will installation of plants be helpful? How about ditching of swivel chairs to give way to movable and comfortable bean bags?
You may need to spend for the redesign, but if it would mean that you get a better working environment, then why not?
Be a good mentor but learn when to let your team do what they do best
Being a leader denotes supervision. However, this doesn’t mean that you should always tell people what to do and how they do it. Good leaders know the limit of their supervision job. Allowing employees to have that degree of freedom to accomplish something is an effective means of making them more active on what they do.
It holds them accountable for their output and makes them an active participant of the entire project.
Brainstorming is different from your regular meetings. While the latter could include reports and meetups for reminders, brainstorming taps into the creativity and unique opinion of the company members.
By allowing them to share their views, they become more active and responsible towards the completion of a certain project. Also, this serves as a beneficial activity for your company as it encourages new perspective from each employee.
Schedule motivational talks or activities every quarter
Sometimes, the best thing to help your members feel engaged is to just leave out work temporarily and enjoy a breather.
An effective way to do this is to schedule inspirational talks by inviting a colleague from a different industry who might want to share something about creativity, success and happiness. Think of TED Talks.
Over the years, it has managed to inspire and help listeners from all around the world. Of course, your version doesn’t have to be as grand and public as TED with the video coverage and all, but the idea is the same. Organizing team buildings every year may also be the break your team needs to revitalize themselves.
Take the whole team to a local sport events once in a while
If not the inspirational talk or team building, then why not simply bring your team to watch a local sports event? You can even enjoy ‘Ice Cream’ Friday or ‘Lunch Out’ Tuesday. In this kind of activity, you don’t have to talk about anything work-related or project strategies you wish to implement for the coming month.
Just enjoy the company together.
Creating opportunities where employees can stay engaged with company goals is essential to corporate growth. More importantly, it encourages the best people to stay and give you their support. Reevaluate your calendar of activities this 2017 and see if you can insert some of the things we mentioned on the list!