The festive season is upon us, and years-end office celebrations are in full swing. For shrewd executives, such events are more than simple gatherings for the sake of enjoyment; these are opportunities to improve employee morale and drive productivity through the holiday push. Company functions are not the only outlet that can be utilized for this purpose of personnel engagement. Executives should consider these other concepts, which can be used throughout the entire year to raise morale and ensure productivity standards.
Assign a buddy/mentor for newcomers
Employee engagement should be a function that begins before an employee even officially take on their new role. An important part of a newcomer’s confidence and comfort in a new work environment is by having someone to turn to answer their important questions. Building a trustworthy relationship with someone with more experience in that company can help guide the newcomer. This way he or she can better adapt and grow part of the team. Executives should consider creating a mentor system for each new employee, rather than relying on ad hoc measures.
Convey clear goals and expectations to employees
The majority of employees want to feel integral to company goals and aspirations. They want to know how their duties are meaningful to the greater good of the organization. Executives should make a point of emphasis to convey company goal and expectations, enabling employees to understand where the organization is going and how they hope to reach those heights.
Ensure that personnel have all the resources they require
This may seem an odd addition to the methods in which executives can improve engagement. But in many respects, this can be the most important concept to increase productivity; executives need to make sure that they have the basics down before they move on to other ideas.
Equipping your employees with all the tools and business systems that will make their job easier. It’s like using a fork and knife to eat steak. By accomplishing this, personnel will have more time and energy to invest into doing great work, instead of wasting valuable time trying to overcome equipment obstacles.
Distribute information and numbers
Senior management should not keep other personnel in the dark. Let them understand what is going on within the company as well as how their individual duties contribute to the organization’s big picture.
Just as with setting clear goals, when you keep your employees informed they tend to feel a greater sense of worth and connection to the organization. Keep communication truthful but hopeful. Don’t be afraid to share bad news, but be more diplomatic about how you deliver it.
Provide positive feedback regularly
When individuals know they’re doing something well, they’ll keep doing it. Providing someone with a little recognition on what they’re doing well can go a long way toward boosting morale. This does not mean that executives should ignore the weaknesses; rather, they should not make the weaknesses the only focus area of feedback.
Collaborate on problem-solving
When employees get the idea that their superiors or team leaders are the ones who have to solve all the problems, it takes away from their sense of empowerment. This ultimately is likely to decrease personnel engagement over time.
Encourage team members to take responsibility. Have them work through problems or issues on their own, or collaboratively. It’s not the manager’s job to fix everyone else’s problems. When they accomplish one or two tasks on their own, they will develop the confidence to do so with more of their projects. This can lead to better time management and innovation from team leaders and managers, rather than damage control duties.