Everyone wants to be driven, be motivated, like their job and come to work happy. Sounds easy enough, right?
The problem is when employees are asked to do more but aren’t recognized for their work and begin to feel burned out. As a business owner, it’s your job to make sure this doesn’t happen so you have the most loyal and committed team possible.
“Employee engagement” refers to how absorbed and committed employees are to their work and how positive their attitude is about your company and their job. This is important because it results in more productive employees who have fewer sick days and less turnover, all of which saves the company money. It can mean the difference between having a team that will put forth the extra effort to get the work done, or one that prevents the company from meeting client demands and expectations.
Here are some ideas to help you keep your team happy and prevent burnout:
• Lead by example. LinkedIn, the business networking website, recommends bosses stay on task and focused toward completing projects and helping the company grow and prosper. Act confident and energetic in the office, and your attitude will wear off onto those around you.
• Ensure there is open dialogue. One of the easiest ways to build trust and loyalty is to ensure employees feel as though their voice is being heard and that you care about their ideas. Encourage regular feedback from the employee and provide your own feedback. Once employees know they have available channels of communication, they’re more likely to feel they have a purpose.
• Give employees more training and opportunities to advance their careers. Make sure your employees have the training they need to do their jobs as efficiently and effectively as possible.
• Be clear about what you want. No one is a mind reader, and employees are no different. Clarify your expectations of their job and each position within your company.
• Assign work that interests the employee and keeps him or her challenged. Keep in mind an employee’s strengths and weaknesses when undergoing a project.
• Reward employees when they do well rather than punishing, according to the Wall Street Journal. This will encourage employees to do better rather than working on the defensive for fear of reprimand.
• Find unique ways to recognize a job well done. Business owners can’t realistically offer raises anytime someone does a good job, but they can equip their offices with extras such as places to relax and play games, provide snacks, beverages or catered lunches, or sponsor fun contests with small prizes. ♦
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