In today’s modern business environment, the emphasis on decision making has been shifted from C-level executives to a fully integrated operational agreement. Obviously the final decision lies with management, but increasingly management today want to have a highly engaged workforce that is centered around the idea of openness and honesty to contribute proactively to issues that face the business. After all, the more people that are engaged, the more ideas can be evaluated; tested and measured.
The benefits of empowering employees speak for themselves. They are willing to take action and responsibility, which in turn leads to increased job happiness and productivity. Research shows that companies with engaged employees outperform those who are not by a staggering 202%. Just take a second. If all the employees in your business were engaged, how will that affect the growth potential?
So, how can leaders identify and implement high performing teams who are engaged and empowered to take action with your brand at their best interests at heart? Here are 3 great tips to create this attitude in your own company culture.
1) Communicate a Transparent Vision
Employee engagement must come from the top down and should be communicated effectively to achieve the best results. This has proven to be a challenge to some business leaders. Even with a fantastic internal communication system in place, only face-to-face communication can truly identify inner thoughts of individuals. To master this, leaders must keep employees in the know and provide regular feedback. They must be reminded that proactively communicating on behalf of the company increases its value. People who have a good grasp of the vision and concept are armed to make strategic decisions consistently without supervision.
2) Encourage Self-Development
In a majority of industries, training will only develop employees so far. Individuals should be encouraged to go the extra mile, and commit to self-learning to establish and expand their attainments.
Help employees to create personalised paths through effective goal setting systems, like a 5-3-1 plan. By having a focus and vision, employees become extremely self-motivated and this has a positive effect on the productivity that follows in their work. Provide a budget and time for personal development, talk about the benefits and support them on their goals. Allow them to attend conferences, classes and other enrichment activities that will develop strengths.
3) Reward Employee Efforts
Research shows that when it comes to the perception of praise, 51% of managers identify and recognise employees that do good work. On the flip side, only 17% of employees believe their managers appreciate their efforts. This is an issue for businesses , as when striving for efficiency and self-development, the statistics speak for themselves.
So, make sure you let employees know when they have done a good job and take the effort to congratulate them. Just a simple ” You’ve done really well on that project, I’m impressed. Thank you.” can go such a long way in creating a positive culture and great relationships. Incentivise big wins and accomplishments. Celebrate success. There are countless ways to celebrate, and the best thing is that employees will appreciate the effort you are making- building well established relationships and trust. Your employees will appreciate these actions and your company will benefit.