Believe it or not, it’s not your infrastructure that’s your biggest asset. It’s your employees. They’re what keep your organization running without a hiccup so that business operations can run smoothly.
However, many organizations often take their employees’ contributions for granted. They believe that salaries are sufficient remuneration for all their efforts, blood, sweat and tears.
More and more organizations now realize that employees aren’t a capitalist commodity you can derive value from. They’re people with emotions, people who are seeking purpose, happiness and success. Consequently, an engaged managerial approach encourages them to stick around with your company.
The current pandemic has us all backed up against the wall, and that’s heightened the need for evolved managerial practices and leadership. In economic uncertainty like this, employee loyalty is the only way businesses can sustain themselves and avoid incurring costs due to lower motivation or productivity.
Organizations must create an environment where employees want to work instead of having to show up to pay their bills.
Here are three aspects that can help you keep your employees engaged, motivated and enjoying the work they do.
The notoriety of corporate culture stems from the values, attitudes and practices of an organization. For years, employers have grown accustomed to showing a little “tough love,” knowing very little about how that discourages their workforce. It does more harm than good.
With everything that’s going on around us, an employee-centric approach that prioritizes their wellbeing and wellness is the need of the hour. Develop a culture that will empower and motivate them. Don’t be afraid to show your gratitude for employees who go the extra mile. A little due appreciation and recognition goes a long way in building a positive work environment.
With the remote working model in full swing, it’s become difficult for managers to track their employees’ performance and assess how well they’re doing.
The pandemic has us all running for cover, and in times like these, a little empathy from managers and supervisors can go a long way in helping employees cope with the challenging work circumstances.
Organizations that regularly check up on their employees and take steps to make policy changes that tackle their issues help employees feel heard.
The pandemic has many of us working from home, which means there are bound to be communication gaps that may disrupt the workflow. Other than that, employees also have additional responsibilities now that they have their home situations to deal with.
In times like these, organizations must start an open conversation about flexibility, acceptance and managing the work adequately to minimize conflicts. Encouraging virtual social time among members of the team, training employees for online collaboration and normalizing positive coping strategies can put a stop to workplace conflicts.
Additionally, one of the best ways to improve employee engagement and motivate them is to let a renowned inspirational speaker take the reins and help you out.
Steve Gilliland is a leading Hall of Fame motivational speaker who uses the power of humor and insightful messaging to help his audiences. He has introduced a range of virtual presentations to help employees keep productivity at an all-time high during the COVID-19 crisis.
You can also learn more from him through his bestselling books, which are available for purchase on his website.