As many of us return to work for the first time today since the Christmas break, we will either being throwing ourselves into our work with excitement or approaching it with fear.
Steve Medd from Swindon based company The Winning Formula offers TBE readers 6 key ways of engaging your employees this new year.
1. Job Security With Appropriate Reward And Recognition
Before you can expect your employees to become engaged with your plans, they must first feel that their job is safe and that they are being paid appropriately for the work that they do. If these elements are missing then you do not have the foundation to get them performing at the highest level as these fundamental needs override all others.
2. Knowledge And Skills Required To Carry Out The Job Function
It’s obvious, but every member of your team must possess the right knowledge and skill to perform at the level you need them to. A company must have a culture of learning and development and invest in the training of everybody to ensure that they are not restricting their growth potential. Any employee who lacks the skills to perform well will not be engaged in their work.
3. Good Relationships With Other Colleagues
As highly social animals there is nothing more disengaging for all of us than not getting on with those we work with. This is where open and honest communication must be fostered, both within teams and inter-departmentally to build strong, supportive relationships that benefit everybody.
4. Direction On Where The Company Is Heading In The Future
We all want to be inspired and feel that we are part of an exciting journey. This is where the vision and the company strategy are key. They must motivate the whole organisation, push them to perform at the highest level and make clear the benefits to everyone if they are achieved.
5. Participation In A Stimulating Work Experience
The work itself must have meaning and be more than just the physical tasks that we carry out. There must be a greater cause that we are working for and it is the leadership’s responsibility to create an environment where people value the work that they are doing and understand the benefits that they are providing to their customers.
6. Trust, Respect And Communication At All Levels
If any of these three elements are missing, you will undermine all of the hard work you have done on the other five factors. We all want to feel valued and it is trust, respect and communication that allow us to feel this way. Again, it is the leadership’s responsibility to ensure that all of these key elements are in place and are adhered to by everybody throughout the organisation.
Address each of the six factors and you will enjoy high levels of engagement. Underperformance on any of them will result in difficulties in the workplace.
To find out more information visit The Winning Formula website. www.twfsouth.co.uk