The use of financial incentives may not be enough to keep employees engaged and motivated within the company. Without motivation, employees can show reduced loyalty and overall commitment to the business. Lacking in commitment or failure to bring new ideas to a team may create negative effects on a project or the productivity of the department. The effects can prove to be detrimental to a company’s work force. To avoid times of low commitment and productivity, a manager must keep employees fully engaged in a positive manner. Managers need to realize the smallest actions can create a ripple effect. The ripple actually starts with one employee, spilling over into the department and finally throughout the company.
Communication is the key to any good business. Quality communication needs to be implemented at all levels of an organization. Communication appears to be the most easiest and obvious concept to implement in a work environment. Communication especially two-way communication needs practice. Think of communication as a team building exercise that needs to be implemented on a daily basis. Managers have busy schedules which can limit time with employees. Making a conscious effort to communicate will help in keeping employees engaged.
Lack of communication can actually lower productivity. As a manager, you need to promote positive two way communication throughout the department or team. Small interactions with employees can have lasting effects. The employees will feel their input is valid.
2. Growth & Development
A company cannot grow unless their employees grow; team building needs to be implemented throughout the organization. Being able to do the job at minimum capacity should not be the end means to an employee placement. Even at the entry level, an employee needs to feel the work is important to the company. By placing value on the job, an employee will be more committed which can help in expanding a skill set for advancement.
3. Showing Appreciation
As a manager, you know how to be polite when engaging with employees on a daily basis. The manager’s mind set needs to go beyond daily pleasantries with showing appreciation for the employees’ work and dedication. The smallest gestures can have the largest impact on an employee. Taking the time to encourage an employee for quality work; the outcome will be higher morale and overall productivity within the team.
Show the department or team members you trust their input. Trust can be a powerful team building tool. By placing value and recognition on an employee’s work, you can build a bond based on trust and confidence. The bond will prove to the employee, you value their work and commitment to the company. An employee who can see a future with the company will continue to strive to meet the criteria for further placement.
Taking the time to show employees they are valued within a company can have lasting positive effects on the organization. An employee needs to feel valued within the team or department. By taking time to build communication between employees, you will be able to see the effects of your efforts. The smallest motivation can result in higher productivity and responsibility within the organization.