Running a company is difficult work. Not only do you have to make sure your product is up to date, awareness of your brand is being spread, and everything that needs to be done is getting done, you also have a mass of employees that you want to care about their jobs. It is hard to set aside time to brainstorm employee engagement, but ensuring that your employees want the company to succeed will make your job much easier.
To begin, owners of companies have to toss away the idea that pushing employees to complete tasks will be effective in the long run. As you are in a position of power, you must take a step back and look at the issue from another angle. Instead of asking ‘how can I get my employees to work more quickly,’ ask ‘what motivates my employees?’ People are willing to work quickly and efficiently for a sense of purpose, so make your company’s mission into a purpose. No matter the company, its mission can always be construed in a way that shows how it helps others. This gives people a reason to come together and work toward a common goal.
Furthermore, make sure your employees know where your company is going. Doing the same job on a daily basis can lead to a quick burnout, but not if employees know what their work is going toward. People will care about the company’s future will work when they share the vision that you have. Remember, hearing and accepting employee feedback is a key strategy when it comes to a company’s vision. The company’s future must be a team effort in order to retain employees on a long-term basis.
Finally, it is beneficial to give rewards to employees, not for meeting their own goals and quotas, but for helping others. Teamwork is vital in any company, for employee loyalty and engagement, and you encourage it by rewarding employees who take time out of their days to help others. Do not make the mistake of pitting employees against each other, not even for jobs in which quotas must be met. Instead, make everything a team effort and watch your employee engagement grow exponentially.
It is difficult to handle the responsibilities of owning and company and oversee employees as well. However, the future success of a company depends on the work of its employees, so employee engagement should be a top priority.
For more tips on how to engage employees, read this article on CEO.com.