It’s a new year! Are you ready to bring your employees on board in new and exciting ways? Leave any crisis or reactive management habits at the door, because this can be the year when you really engage your team to inspire better productivity and long-term commitment. Studies show that engaged employees are more content, more effective in their jobs, and more likely to stay loyal to their company. This year can be your year to focus on making sure your team is at their happiest and most productive. This article will discuss four exciting ways you can engage your employees in 2016.
Employees like to know they are being kept in the loop in terms of long-term and high-level corporate strategy. As an employer, be sure to communicate your departmental efforts clearly to demonstrate leadership and engage your staff. Show your team how their efforts roll up into the overall success of the company. Give credit where credit is due, and be as transparent with high-level decisions as is practicable. Employees will feel more comfortable with the direction the company is heading if you engage them and communicate with them directly.
Developing Top Performers
Your company’s greatest resource is your employees. Top performers should not only be rewarded for their efforts, but also invested in to engage and encourage them to stay committed to your company. Hold training seminars, offer clear paths for career growth and development, encourage positive work-life balance, and take the time to review goals to make sure that your best employees are headed in the direction they want to go. One of the top reasons people become unhappy at work and choose to pursue opportunities elsewhere is a lack of corporate commitment to their career growth. Don’t let this lack of engagement lead your top performers astray. Keep them interested and engaged in their jobs and in the company.
Opportunities to Collaborate
Today’s workforce is interested in being included in high-level decision making. To keep your team engaged, offer them multiple opportunities to collaborate whether through meetings for staff to brainstorm solutions in response to a particular issue or problem, or through more project-based efforts. Give them the chance to reach out to and meet other professionals across the company and learn how they might work together to do new and exciting things. As an employer, it is your job to encourage and perhaps even facilitate these opportunities in order for your staff to know they have the chance to reach out. Once you see the success and engagement such collaboration inspires, you will be very happy to have gone to the effort to engage your team.
Mentorship opportunities abound in the professional realm, but not everyone is lucky enough to find a good mentor on their own. As an employer, you can encourage mentorship through a mentor-mentee matchmaking program, or other such example of corporate support of this common networking activity. Have your managers make a note of pairing up new hires with experienced employees, and do what you can to create a corporate culture of mentoring to engage new hires and veteran employees as well.