One of the most important parts of creating and running a successful business is managing a talented and motivated group of employees. You've already found the talent – that's why you hired each individual team member – now it's time to keep your staff out of the disengagement slump and get them motivated to do their best work. Here are a few tips:
Help them set goals
If employees come into the office each day without a set goal and reward structure, they may soon become disengaged. As executives have come to know all too well, as employees become disengaged, their once-stellar quality of work may become lackluster. After that, it won't be long before they head out of the door for another opportunity.
Helping employees set goals that are challenging but attainable is a great way to prevent disengagement and burnout. Use OKRs and continuous performance management systems to talk to them about company needs, as well as their own professional desires. Then use your OKR software to communicate with employees and motivate them to achieve their goals day by day.
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Offer and welcome feedback
Many employees feel left in the dark by their managers, unsure of whether their overall performance is meeting the mark. Instead of taking part in the traditional annual review system, try more regular meetings and communication to discuss staff performance and how they can grow in the company.
Take these more regular communications – through software solutions and in person – as an opportunity to listen to your staff's needs. If you notice a slip in performance, make that clear with your team member, but offer positive feedback as well and ask how you can help them succeed. Encourage them to share their goals with you, and ask if they have any feedback for managers on how they can improve Each employee is different – some flexibility in management approach is a sign of good leadership, so listen as much as you talk and take note of what your staff has to say.
Show them how they fit into the bigger picture
Same work, different day – that's not how you want your employees to feel when they walk into the office each morning. Without transparency and communication, employees can feel like they've become a cog in a machine they don't understand. What is your company's mission, and how does each staff member help the company grow and achieve these outcomes in a meaningful way?
There are reasons why a staff position exists at all and equally clear reasons why each employee was hired for their individual role. Don't keep these details a secret. Instead, make them central to each employees' understanding of why they come into work each day, because if it's just about a paycheck, it will be hard to see the difference between your business and another down the street. Knowing that they serve a larger purpose in the company's mission can be highly motivating, giving staff a personal connection to management and a reason to help your company thrive.