In a time when employee empowerment and company culture are some of the most popular drivers of business decisions, companies want to make it clear that these are areas of significance. It is up to management to implement these ideas by leading their teams in a positive and collaborative fashion. In this post, we will look at three ways that managers can achieve this and improve their relationships with their employees.
Many workers desire flexibility, whether it is their schedule or job duties. Employees want to be able to enjoy their life outside of work, so by providing them that balance, you will have them more engaged when they are in the office. With variation in job duties and processes, you will avoid employees becoming bored and stagnant. This will result in a higher likelihood of new and innovative ideas. There have been multiple studies that show the negative impact that micromanaging has on employee engagement. By having flexibility as one of the foundations of your management style, you will have an easier time avoiding it.
According to survey conducted by Rapt Media, one in three employees feel their company doesn’t care about them, as a team member or a person. Is a lack of praise one of the causes of this attitude? It could be and that is why you should let employees know that their work is appreciated. It is important to make it clear when an employee does something positive, whether it is completing a project or coming up with a new idea. This positive attitude will flow throughout the organization, creating a culture that makes it much easier to come to work every day.
An important part of keeping employees interested in their work is including them in the decision making process for relevant issues. When you ask for their input, you must take the time to listen and consider ways it can be implemented. Regardless of the magnitude of the issue, you should maintain communication with your employees throughout the entire process and at the end, explain why that specific decision was made. If you don’t explain the decision and the process you took arrive at it, employees will have no way knowing if their opinion matters.
First time manager? Check out our previous post on the subject for some helpful tips!