Team building and employee engagement are important in any successful organization. When teams and individuals are better engaged, productivity and efficiency will naturally improve. What are some key ways that you as a business owner and manager can help foster an environment that encourages employee engagement? Read on!
Learn How to Use Your Employees’ Strengths
Often, businesses unknowingly create environments of competition amongst their employees, but should it be this way? Some forms of competition can be healthy and certainly contribute to employee engagement in the short term, but you’ll find that after an employee is done flexing his or her muscles, the time of truly enriching engagement was short lived.
Focusing on an individual’s strengths and providing opportunities to shine is certainly important, but when you begin to recognize the unique and individual strengths that all employees possess, you can focus on building a better team and remove the need for competition within your organization.
Recognizing and understanding different personality and communication traits will often play a good role in creating teams where individuals can compliment each others’ strengths. If you have multiple players on your team that are competing for the same responsibilities, it can help to break projects apart into logical pieces that allow your employees to use their own unique strengths to complete tasks that they are best suited for.
For instance, you may have two creative types working on a project where communication with a client is necessary and one person is naturally better with words and interactions. In a situation like this, try and let the project move forward while giving your more outgoing employee the responsibility of communication with the client and your more introverted team member the responsibility of translating the information received and building on the task at hand. Your employees are better engaged when they can feel strong in any situation.
Learn About Your Own Strengths, Too!
Delegation can be a tough task for management. It’s hard to let go and trust. Always try to let your team members feel like they have just as much of a part to play in the overall success of a project as you and you will see that your employee engagement naturally improves.
Owning your own individual strengths and weaknesses will also allow others to recognize that is ok to become invested in a project and make mistakes. When you focus on completing a task regardless of the roadblocks and intricacies that may surface, you allow for better employee engagement, because you are opening a road to success with less fear of failure.
Becoming your own employee and playing a part of the team will allow everyone to be better engaged.
With Employee Engagement, Everyone Wins
Ultimately, building a great team and seeing better employee engagement takes hard work and time. If you stay committed and set reasonable goals, everyone succeeds. Winning is a team effort, and we can all help out! Contact us soon to talk about how we can help create an environment of success for you and your teams.