By Laurie Kaiser
Now that we’re in the height of summer with all its lovely distractions, you may find your employees’ motivation flagging. Of course, everyone needs a vacation to recharge, but when your employees are in the office, you want their minds to be present as well.
As a manager, it’s up to you to engage your employees. Engaged employees take pride in their work and workplace so you won’t have to act like a nagging parent to keep them on task. Not only will you have a more efficient office when you foster this mentality, you’ll see less employee turnover. Also, if you want an innovative environment, it’s crucial to work on employee engagement.
So how do you accomplish this? Here a few strategies that can help:
- Ask questions about how people feel about the organization, the work, customers and other key issues and then take steps to remove barriers that are hindering them.
- Recognize and take joy in workers’ accomplishments. Catch employees doing something right and praise them.
- Develop and train workers for engagement as well as for knowledge and skills.
- When workers seem disappointed or deflated, provide appropriate encouragement. Put them on a new project or pair them with a positive influence.
Don’t rely on the human resources staff to do the heavy lifting here. This is the direct supervisor’s responsibility. However, you can tap HR to survey the organization periodically to find areas needing improvement. They can encourage employees to identify their own strengths and leverage them. They can establish planned engagement programs and help coordinate them. And they can conduct exit interviews to find out the root causes behind individuals leaving.
With a little effort, you can create an environment where your employees remain engaged in their work regardless of the season.