If you are in a leadership position in your company, you’re probably aware that the way you manage your employees can make a huge difference when it comes to the success of your business. Satisfied employees can help you achieve growth, whereas unhappy ones will be more focused on looking for new job opportunities instead of doing their best at work.
Although navigating the different aspects of employee management can be a daunting task,
By implementing the following tips you can manage to create a productive and pleasing workplace and ensure that your employees are engaged, motivated, and loyal.
- Be Clear When It Comes to Expectations
Every employer expects their employees to give their best and be successful, but that’s not enough. Your team members need to know what exactly is expected by them, and this should be communicated clearly at the moment an employee is hired. For instance, you can schedule a one-on-one meeting with each new hire where you will discuss the job description, workplace policies, the disciplinary process, and expectations.
Be sure to clearly define what their job entails. Your employees should not need to make assumptions when it comes to work quality, working hours, targets, etc.
- Prioritize DEI
Recent research shows that the number of employee comments on the topic of equity diversity and inclusion in the workplace has increased significantly. This implies that employees expect their employers to take a clear stance on the topic, listen to employee voices, and implement new initiatives.
On the other hand, employers can use diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives to increase the overall bottom line. A McKinsey report found that businesses with the most culturally and ethnically diverse boards are 43% more likely to experience above-average profits, whereas companies in the bottom quartile for culture, gender, and ethnic diversity are 29% less likely to achieve higher profitability.
- Encourage Transparent Communication
Open communication ensures that everyone is kept in the loop through timely updates and announcements while at the same time providing channels through which your staff can express their opinions, ideas, or complaints.
Consider establishing an open-door policy and assure your employees that they can reach out whenever they feel the need to talk. You can also leverage technology – employee surveys and HR software systems are just a few examples that can help you get effective employee feedback.
- Work on Building Trust
A study by the Harvard Business Review found that employees at high-trust companies have more than 100% more energy when at work, experience nearly 75% less stress, report 40% less burnout and record 50% higher productivity.
The first step towards establishing trust is by giving the members of your staff a certain level of autonomy. Avoid micromanagement because controlling and monitoring every segment of a situation or project can result in dependence on the manager for decisions, increased burnout, and annoyed employees who’ll consider you a despot.
- Recognize Good Performance
According to research conducted by Gallup, employees who don’t feel recognized are 2X as likely to leave their job in the next year. The same study also found that employee recognition leads to increased engagement, loyalty, and productivity.
Recognition is not always related to money. In some cases, a simple ‘thank you’ is all a person needs in order to know that their efforts are noticed and appreciated. In other situations, extra time off can be a great way to show your high-performing team members how much you value them.
- Invest in Employee Growth
Studies have found that about 40% of workers consider development opportunities and career advancement crucial for job satisfaction.
Consider offering training opportunities by integrating online learning courses into your learning and development program, offering tuition reimbursement, or sending team members to conferences or seminars where they can learn new skills related to their jobs.
You can also develop mentoring programs where a senior in the company or an experienced person in the industry will work closely with junior employees in order to help them develop a predetermined set of skills that will help them achieve work-related goals.
The HR department has many things to do, but their main focus should always be on the people. Making full use of the employees’ capabilities and talents while keeping them satisfied and engaged requires sharp employee management skills.
The six strategies listed in this article should help you build a positive and productive work environment where your staff can succeed individually while at the same time contributing to the success of the entire organization.
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