Your employees come through the door everyday for more than a pay-check. Whilst money is the main pull for us to go to work, there are other factors that can motivate employees in the workplace. Engage for Success describes employee engagement as ‘a workplace approach designed to ensure that employees are committed to their organisation’s goals and values, motivated to contribute to organisational success’.
There is nothing worse than feeling like you are in a dead end job with no room for growth. As a leader it is your responsibility to help you workforce realise their potential and show that your company is one where they can continue to develop.
In the following paragraphs we’ll detail a few key ways that you can engage with your employees and manage them effectively to give them the best chance possible of developing into what they aspire to be.
Keep your workforce engaged
Potential isn’t something that is fulfilled overnight – it takes years of hard work. As a result, it is easy for employees to get distracted and lose sight of that end goal.
As a manger you need to be there to ensure that employees are constantly engaged and guided in the right direction. One way of doing this is holding regular performance reviews where you can provide them with feedback and set goals that they should look to achieve within a set time-frame.
By setting employees targets they will have something to work towards and will be far more engaged in the workplace.
BergHind Joseph have some interesting theories on leadership development, so be sure to have a look at their website for a few more ideas on how you can keep your employees engaged.
Ensure the office environment encourages productivity
Many companies, particularly larger organisations, invest hefty sums in the layout and structure of their office environment. There is a reason creative firms have football tables and quirky furniture scattered around the office – they believe it helps to motivate their staff and unlock their creative juices.
Now we aren’t suggesting that you invest £thousands in a completely new office and install slides instead of stairs. Just by making a few minor changes to your office you’ll be able to inflict some positive changes to the mindset of your employees.
A good leader listens to their employees so don’t shy away from asking them for their opinions on what changes could be made. Just by providing a cool working environment with air curtains can be make a big difference in productivity levels.
Expose them to people of influence
Employees who are motivated by progression want a leader who has enough trust and confidence in them to allow them to be in the same room as their own boss. They want a chance to showcase their abilities to those within the organisation that have a level of influence or clout.
The best leaders are those who understand that their own performance is evaluated upon the skills and achievements of their subordinates. Therefore, if your immediate boss is exposed to the talents of one of your high potential employees it can only reflect favourably on the job you have done as a manager.
Encourage risk taking
The single most effective way we learn is by making mistakes. This may sound counter productive because you don’t want mistakes happening within your team, but if you encourage employees to take the right type of risk they’ll be much stronger for it.
If a leader limits their employees and doesn’t trust them to manage certain tasks on their own, they will never be able to develop into the type of professional that they can be. Consequently it is more than likely that they will jump ship in the near future if they become bored and see no room for growth – they are motivated by challenging themselves.
You should now have a better understanding of not only the importance of helping your employees reach their potential but also how you can do it. By doing this with the top talent in your organisation you’ll only put yourself in a stronger position to enjoy long-term success.