Engaging your workforce can be a tricky task at times and what works for one member of staff may not work for another. It’s a creative science finding the right balance for each person. Therefore we have listed five things to avoid when attempting to engage your employees.
Even though there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, there are some techniques and tactics that have never made the cut. It is worth knowing which strategies we have tried and not show value. Some may even end up doing harm than good.
❶ Assuming the same solution for everyone
One of the first of five things to avoid when attempting to engage your employees is personality differences. Past experiences and future direction mean that all employees are different. Although employees come together to achieve a common goal at work, they have different motivations. One common mistake some managers make is assuming everyone responds to the same feedback or culture. Burnt out or disengaged employees mean a custom solution is required. Why? this will make them feel valued.
❷ Lack of communication
Communication is essential in any workplace relationship. Sometimes employees incorrectly assume all communication is directive and about the task at hand. However, communication needs to go well beyond just communicating about just the tasks to be done. Communication is two-way and open. During times of high stress (such as redundancies, mergers and team restructure) and during business-as-usual, it’s crucial managers negotiate the stress and talk with their employees to avoid anyone feeling in the dark on important issues.
❸ Providing superficial perks
Some employers turn to superficial work perks like free food, subsidised activities and Friday night drinks in an attempt to boost morale. However, without an underlying culture of trust and support, these mood boosters are futile. Employees that get lured into the company who promises of a shiny culture soon see past this when they feel undervalued for their skills and expertise. If they are not engaged then the perks can create more problems as people can begin to expect them. This tends to create a culture where they only work when there is something in it for them. Instead, employees should be working together as a team for the success of the business.
❹ Concentrating too hard on the work, not the people
Managers need to lead their staff rather than getting their head stuck in their work. If they constantly have their head down, the computer on, don’t take time to support their employees, then their staff can quickly feel disengaged. A leader who isn’t connected with their team will also find it difficult to spot issues as they happen. People go above and beyond when they feel valued and connected.
❺ Not providing opportunities to grow
Some employers are reluctant when it comes to training their employees fearing they allow their staff to upskill and leave in pursuit of a better position. However, this may be the case, in general training your staff carries far more benefits to your company than it does negatives.
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