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Many freelancers and small start-up businesses go on to much bigger things, often employing a team of staff. When you become the boss, not just of yourself but of other people, you are going to want a team that is fully engaged. A happy and engaged team is a productive team, and a productive team will earn you more money. They’re likely to work faster, harder and stay in the company longer, saving you money on recruiting, hiring and training up new employees.
Here, we look at just a few of the steps you can take to create an engaged and happy team.
1. Make engagement part of your company ethos
While benefits and grand gestures can all be great, the most effective way of engaging your employees is through the simple things: regular feedback, consistency, fairness, trust, leadership and, most importantly, respect. By implementing these things and making them part of your company ethos and employee culture, you will be well on your way towards creating an engaged team.
2. Respect and trust your team
In the above point, I mentioned trust and respect, but that has to come from you primarily. Only take on employees that you trust and respect – and show them this. Eventually, this will infiltrate throughout your team.
3. Provide opportunities for feedback
This goes both ways – regular meetings with individuals where you have a chance to discuss their performance is an important part of being a good leader. Praise them for the things they are excelling at, and reward if appropriate, and if there are areas that the need to work at, find out why they may be struggling and formulate a plan to help them move forward. It is also important to give your employees a chance to give feedback on how you, as their boss, and the company is doing as well. A corporate culture platform is an excellent way of finding out their thoughts and feelings and gives you the opportunity to make changes.
4. Build from the bottom up
We are all familiar with the top-down leadership approach, where the senior leaders at the top take charge and the worker lower down in the hierarchy are expected to follow. However, this is not particularly conducive to an engaged workforce. For many organisations, a bottom-up structure works better for everyone involved – it means that every person in the team has a voice and can put forward their ideas, leading them to feel engaged and empowered.
5. Encourage mastery, not competition
In many workplace cultures, competition is a big thing, even if they are all working towards a common goal. While a little bit of competition can be healthy at times, empower workers to focus on their individual skills and to input to the team. Motivate them to take personal pride in their work and to be fulfilled by what they can achieve rather than pit themselves against others.
6. Get to know your team members
Think about how well you know your team members. Do you know what drives them or what is holding them back? What can you do to help move them forward? When the opportunity arises, ask them about it. I guarantee your employees will appreciate you taking an interest in them.
7. Embrace differences and challenges
Each member of your team brings something new to the table, and it is important to embrace these differences, and if there are challenges, take them and use them – challenge is essential for building a successful workforce.
8. Connect with your employees
These days, there is no excuse whatsoever for checking in and connecting with your employees regularly. Even in the biggest organisations, technology allows you to connect and collaborate with your employees. Keep them up to date with company news and targets – if they know they are working towards a particular goal, they are more likely to be productive.
I’ve created a list of questions to ask your employees. You can grab a copy by clicking the image below.