Let’s be honest. Some Managers and leaders get so much accomplished daily and weekly, it’s envious.
You are constantly, being asked to do more with less. Increase productivity while decreasing costs. Wall Street has been pressuring publicly traded companies for years, which has turned into the norm for all. They only focus on the numbers and forget about the people who make up the company. The secret to productivity is engagement. How do you get your team more engaged with their work? The secret to engagement is using or learning their needs. [pullquote]Make it about them and they’ll remember it was you. -LA Murabito[/pullquote]
Gallop has been doing surveys for years and below are three easy things to do that will increase your employee engagement, which leads to productivity.
1. Please Listen
People today want to be heard. When you listen to your employees, you are sending the message that you respect and care about them and their opinions. Close your lap top, silent your phone and look up from that report you were reading to focus completely on your employee and the conversation. It’s so easy but this one step to fully listen is missed by many managers.
2. Notice My Strengths
Employees are well aware of their weakness. After all, they hear about it whenever they’re being addressed by managers. This is only focusing on the negative. Each of us have strengthen that we personally take for granted. Notice and compliment your team members on their strengths. Another reason, why I’m a big advocate of positive reinforcement is many people have never heard supportive feedback.
3. Be My Role Model
Employees are longing for a hands on type manager and leader. Be the type of leader who demonstrates how to communicate, think differently, coach and mentor others, while not being afraid to get down and dirty when things get busy. When your team sees you rolling up your sleeves to get the work done, they will work harder and you’ll see your team production.
Engagement is the magic word when it comes to productivity. There is no big secret or a pill to cure this problem. If you want to get more from your team, it will take you, their leader or manager, to listen, notice and say things differently. Focus on your team members individually, with 5 min conversations, along with the tips above. Guaranteed, this will change your team over time.