Believe it or not, your management style or your policies may be working against employee engagement — even if it’s not your intention. If you find yourself guilty of any of the following, you’ll have to make some changes to improve engagement:
Work is important. But so are family, friends, hobbies, and health. Managers who expect their employees to be constantly available are sure to draw the ire of their workforce. So long as they’re doing their jobs well, let your employees work however they work best. Whether that means flexible schedules or remote working opportunities is up to you.
Your employees are full of great ideas. Regularly solicit them — and act on the best ones. Otherwise, your staff will feel ignored and undervalued.
Always take your workers at their word — unless, of course, you have any reason not to. You’ll frustrate your staff if you automatically assuming everyone is lying.
You hired your employees to do a job. Let them do it. Professionals are perfectly capable on their own. They don’t need someone looking over their shoulder every three seconds.
Leaders who inspire engagement understand that victories are to be shared by the whole team. It gets old fast when a boss is quick to take praise.
Be sure to compliment your employees on a job well done. Encourage your workers, and they’ll work harder.
Some bosses are quick to comment on failures, telling everyone what they did wrong. It’s discouraging, to say the least. To keep your team motivated, bring positivity to the table often.
Our jobs take up huge chunks of our lives. Workers pour their hearts and souls into what they do. If huge changes are coming, let your staff know as soon as you can. Don’t blindside them with major news.
If you feel the need to hold four meetings a day to discuss progress, when do you expect your employees will have the chance to actually produce? Meetings are certainly necessary from time to time. But too many can be overkill, exhausting your employees.
Human nature tells us that every boss has their favorites. That doesn’t mean you need to as well (you can always keep it to yourself). When managers treat employees differently, holding them to different standards, the rest of the team notices. That’s how grudges are born.
This isn’t college anymore. Employees don’t like it when their bosses tell crude or inappropriate jokes. It’s okay to be friendly. But never cross the line.
As a manager, you have the ability to create an environment that produces engaged employees. Make work a place that folks want to be. Make your company an organization where people work as hard as they can because they believe in the mission. The power is in your hands.