When it comes to your business, what is it that makes it successful (or otherwise)? Although you might come up with a variety of different answers, and they could certainly all play a part, the one thing that you will need for a successful business is a happy and engaged team. Without this, your business won’t be as efficient or productive as it could be, and you might even gain a bad reputation when it comes to taking care of your employees. This will make it hard to hire people in the future, and it might even cause customers to stop buying from you.
This is why it’s so important to engage your employees more. If you can do this and ensure they have good job satisfaction, your business should thrive. With that in mind, here are some of the ways you can engage your employees more.
Provide Effective Feedback
If you want to engage your employees more, it’s a good idea to give them effective feedback that will help them do their jobs more efficiently. This doesn’t just mean telling people where they are doing things wrong and what they should be doing instead, as this will just upset them and it might even make them want to leave. Instead, you need to think carefully about what you’re going to say for the best results.
When you give feedback, the main goal should always be to help people improve, so make this your mission. Watch people as they go about their work and think about what you can offer them to help them more. It might be training, rewards, advice, or just a kind word. Sometimes, that’s all it takes.
Letting your employees know that their work and their ideas and opinions are important to you (and the business) and that you want to hear them is a crucial part of engaging with your employees. When people feel they are being heard and they are confident to speak up when they need to, they’ll be more happy in their work and they’ll go further with more passion than they might have if they didn’t feel they were being listened to. If this was the case, they might only do the bare minimum because they would feel there was no point in doing anything more.
To help with this, make sure your employees are part of decision-making processes in the business, and listen to their point of view. You might be considered the company’s financials and by having your employees there to give their advice, you might hear about a hard money lending company you weren’t aware of but that could solve a lot of problems. Or, perhaps you’ll have a decision to make about a new product line, and your employees can discuss the pros and cons and offer their opinions, helping you come to a decision.
When your employees feel like an important part of the team and as though their ideas count, they’ll be much more engaged.
Delegating important tasks or even whole projects to your team is a great way to make them more engaged. In this way, you’re showing that you have trust in them and that you know where their strengths lie – you’re telling them that you believe in them.
This can be highly motivating and boost engagement massively. Even though it might be hard to let go of some tasks when you’re a business owner, it really will pay dividends in the end. Not only will your team be more motivated, but you’ll gain plenty of time back too.