Employee management is a tricky responsibility. There is no perfect formula or strategy to keep employees motivated to do best at work. Even the most valuable assets can turn into liabilities if their strengths are not played very well. There are varied leadership styles that are applicable to different kinds of people. In most cases, a leader has to implement a combination of these. One of the most common problems of managers within an organization is the turnover rate and employee’s work inefficiency. There are several factors that can be pinpointed as causes to low productivity. But at the end of the day, keeping an employee’s spirit at an optimum level would not only benefit the worker or the manager but also the organization as a whole. You can apply too many strategies but here are just a few of the tips you can do to maintain enthusiasm and positivity in your workforce.
10. Be consistent.
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The urban expression “walk the talk” must be the mantra of all managers regardless of the type of organization they belong to. As leaders, you have to be consistent of your rules, expectations, and reward system. This builds trust and confidence from your subordinates. Happy employees work at their best without any hesitation or confusion in their subconscious mind. So be firm and consistent with everything that involves other people in the company. If changes are inevitable, make sure that these are communicated clearly and effectively.
9. Build a strong support system.
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In an organization, everybody is a team player. Although there are types of groups that possess high regard to hierarchy and superiority, a leader must always build or provide a stable support system for the workers. In fact, it is better that the leader is part of the support team. No employee wants to feel that they are isolated or invaluable because tendencies are, they will become demotivated to excel on their field. If you must, encourage group talks but be conscious about individuals forming factions to divide the entire organization.
8. Be a visionary.
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Nobody wants to become a static work of nature. Change is inevitable and the ability to adapt is the key to survival. Being a visionary brings an air of confidence, enthusiasm, positivity, and excitement within an organization. When employees are presented with the bigger picture of how they play a role in the achievement of team goals, they feel valued and accountable at the same time. Do not hesitate to share your vision for the company with your subordinates regardless of the position or job they currently have.
7. Speak with honesty and modesty.
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Communication is an important element to achieving success either in an organizational or individual setup. The manner to which you uphold communication is critical in determining whether you are capable of retaining employee assets or not. Ask yourself, “Do you address internal concerns in a timely and appropriate manner? Do you speak in light of truthfulness and honesty? How do you handle misunderstanding and communication gap?” The keyword here is truth and honesty. Nobody wants to be lied to so to keep your employees satisfied with their job, maintain an open communication line. Make sure that you are most available when they need to talk to you the most.
6. Encourage creativity.
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Creativity is an essential element to improvement. It is not enough that the workforce is skilled or competent. To become at par with the industry standards, your organization has to have a creative side that is unique only to your team. One factual team about creativity is that it cannot be accomplished by one person or a group of few members only. It has to be a collective effort. Encourage brainstorming of ideas in your company. Seek your employees’ advice or creative input. You will be surprised at how far a simple idea can go beyond what you can ever imagine possible. Plus, you are making your employee satisfied because they are contributing significantly to the growth of the organization.
5. Know when to provide freedom.
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Your employees are not robots whom you can program and leave without supervision. Similarly, they are not infants that you have to monitor with each passing minute. An effective leader knows how to give a certain extent of freedom that the employees can use to their own advantage. Make them accountable of their actions and decisions. Provide them a sense of liberation that they can actually experiment on processes or ideas without inflicting harm to the organization.
4. Create a positive, fast-paced environment.
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The demands of the modern age require fast-paced working environments. There are just too many targets with too little of time to accomplish all of it. Train your staff to be more welcoming of change. Build their momentum. Inquire about specific courses of action you can take altogether to simplify processes, eliminate mistakes, and increase productivity. Allow them to become involved. Make them feel comfortable of the fact that change is a need and that they can actually use this to build their strengths and develop their weaknesses.
3. Cultivate a healthy organizational culture.
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An organization should be united with one purpose and culture. It is not a surprising reality that some employee’s feel that they are being left out not because they are incompetent or unskilled but because they have different values from their colleagues. The job of the leader is to cultivate a uniform set of values that are recognized and applied by everybody. Through this, you will build camaraderie and a sense of selflessness that they are working primarily to satisfy customers for the benefit of the organization as a whole.
2. Connect at a specific personal level.
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Your employees are not just workers for your company. Your perception of them has a strong direct influence with their performance. Treat them as your associate and you will see an enormous level of dedication and passion for work. Take time to know them personally and let them feel that you also value them as a person.
1. Maximize the benefits of a reward system.
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In any organization, there is an inherent reward system to compensate those who worked for the betterment and achievement of company goals. This reward system, however, must be constantly reviewed. Know what works and what does not. Remember, an ideal reward system that is carried out ineffectively can be detrimental instead of beneficial to the organization. So plan and execute plans accordingly.