What is the key to getting employees focused and engaged in their work? This question is what leaders want to know. Is there a magical formula? Not really, however there are a few actions a leader can do to make a difference. Alright, let’s find out what they are:
- Start with talking to your employees. Really getting to know them and show interest in them. Ask them how they are doing. Let them speak and listen to them. Provide some open dialogue through out the conversation. Look at them while they are talking. Eye contact is good. Don’t be looking at your computer or iPad be present instead of thinking about others things.
- Spend time learning about your employee. What are their backgrounds, interests and values?
- Provide on the job training to help them to succeed. Find out what is their learning style? visual, hearing, reading a manual or procedures, hands on learning, etc.
- Give employees opportunities to grow in personal development. Employees who have opportunities to develop their work skills and a creative mindset will more likely stay and promote within the company.
- Give employees special projects and assignments outside their normal job duties. Employees who are satisfied and learning new things are much more engaged and focused at work.
- Coach employees with encouragement and act on their suggestions if possible.
- Encourage employees to network within the company.
- Have employees participate in the hiring process and have the whole team meet potential candidates. Is this candidate someone who will work well with the team? Get their feedback and perspective. They have to work with this person just as much as you do.
- Provide some recognition to the hard-working employees and the ones who complete their projects within the target timeframes. Show your appreciation for their accomplishments. Say “thank you” and give them praise for their good work.
- Encourage employees to take breaks to help them get refocused and inspired. Stepping away for a few minutes rejuvenate people.
- Set clear expectations and make sure your employees understand what is expected. Be clear and direct about workplace goals and objectives. Put the expectation in writing and follow-up with employee on their progress. They may be struggling and may need some guidance to find another way to get the task completed. Break down tasks into small achievable steps. This way they won’t feel overwhelmed and start procrastinating.
Employees stay with leader’s who show interest in them. They are more engaged and focused when they feel they are appreciated, making a difference and given credit for their contributions. When a leader reflects gratitude towards their employees everyone will want to come to work each day and give their all! ~ Patti
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