Many leaders aim to build an engaged team. Employee engagement is front and center of mind for most managers. These 8 steps should give you a good start to building an engaged team.
Engagement is an ethos
Engaging your team doesn’t need to be about the “big gesture”. Engage your employees through simple things – feedback, leadership, respect, trust, and fairness. Doing these things right consistently will go a long way towards creating an engaged team.
Trust and respect start with you
You must be strong and mature enough to give out trust and respect. Let your employees understand what is trusted and respected feels like. It is a good feeling and is valuable in the workplace. Give it up front and let them understand its value. They will want to keep it.
Build from the bottom-up
A bottom-up approach to building engagement is best. People are different and unique. Connect with your employees individually and enable them to find their identity within work and to become the best employee that s/he can be.
“Mastery”, not competition
Empower your employees to learn to love what they do by mastering their work and contribution to the best of their ability rather than being in competition with others. Motivate through mastery, personal pride in work, achievement, and self-fulfillment.
Enjoy work for what it is
Through mastery, employees can learn to enjoy work for what it is and what it offers them personally. Help your employees understand why they chose to work for your company and why they choose to stay. Empower them with a sense of ownership and contribution to success.
Know your team members
How well do you know your team members? Do you know what drives them? Ask questions when the opportunity arises. The information you can pick up about each person is amazing including previous successes, motivators, and demotivators. Employees value your interest in them.
Embrace differences and challenges
Embrace diversity and the range of strengths it can bring to your team. Encourage challenge – it is the lifeblood of an organization and fundamental to building an engaged workforce. Give your employees a potent voice and help them feel good about working there.
Connect and collaborate
In the modern workplace, there is no excuse for not connecting and collaborating with all your employees. Technology facilitates the opportunity for increased connectivity and collaboration, even for the largest organizations.
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