Studies say only 33% of workers are engaged in their jobs these days-understandable due to our topsy-turvy work world, but certainly less than desirable. You´ve heard the saying “it starts at the top”; more and more, I think it actually starts at the bottom. Here are 4 ways to ramp up your leadership skills now:
Give up micromanagement: Sometimes we just have to get out of our own way. There´s no better way to sour an employee´s motivation than to watch them like a hawk. Take a breather, go do something else and give your employees the space to do what you hired them to do.
Keep the best performers: You´d be surprised how often colleagues mention that they are holding onto non-performers out of a sense of duty. Remember, the rest of your team is looking for your leadership. If you don´t expect the best performance, it´s doubtful you´ll get it.
Offer the chance to develop skills: Employers are often reluctant to provide training for their employees, internal or external, because they are afraid those employees may leave the company. Sure, that probably happens to some extent, but I think it´s all a matter of exposure. Want engaged employees? Expose your team to new trends, ideas and best practices through classes, webinars, seminars or publications and you´ll see the payoff almost immediately.
Recognize performance: Don´t let this send a chill up your spine; we´re not talking about anything fancy or costly here. Sometimes just a simple thank you or other acknowledgement will do the trick. After all, everyone wants to know that they are contributing to the company´s overall goals and vision.
What other ways have you used to increase employee engagement? I´d love to hear from you!