The old saying goes, “It’s called work for a reason,” but coming into work every day shouldn’t have to feel like soul-deadening drudgery. Many companies are finding ways to emotionally connect their staff members to their jobs so they enjoy coming into work.
Read more below on how to make sure your employees look forward to coming into work.
Improve Your Company’s Culture
Building a good culture starts with hiring the right people. You need to hire team players who generally have a positive disposition, as well as the ability to do their jobs.
It’s also important to establish and communicate clear team objectives. Progress toward these objectives should be shared with full transparency to ensure everyone feel like they are in the loop. Individual staff members should also know how their role contributes to meeting these objectives.
Finally, it’s important to loosen things up occasionally with friendly competitions, meaningful team-building exercises, participation in community events and social events.
Get to Know Your People
While it’s important to connect with your employees on a group level, it’s even more important to connect with them on a personal level. Find about your staff members’ personal passions, significant events and challenges is a great way to understand their personal motivations and give them what they need to be engaged employees.
Recognize All Kinds of Contributions
In some businesses, there are star performers who always seem to be getting recognition from management. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating star players, but it’s also essential to recognize the people who reliably put in week after week of decent work. These workhorses are just are important as your show ponies and deserve proper recognition.
Trust Your People
Whatever the motivation, micromanaging comes down to a lack of trust – not trusting that an employee or team of employees can do quality work. Micromanaging might lead to good work in the short term, but the approach will likely be resented by employees, who may become disengaged and quit.
If you trust your staff to do good work, employees will take more pride in their work because they feel like they have more ownership over it.
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