Working to increase employee engagement is one of the most valuable investments a manager can make. According to Dr. Goetzel, workplaces with engaged employees have a performance rate over 200% above that of other companies. Managers and employers of the twenty-first century are beginning to realize how important physical health is for employee engagement. They do so with good reason! But we must remember that mental health and attitude also effect employees immensely. As your seek to care for your employees’ well being, it is a good idea to cultivate several attitudes that will keep your employees coming back to work. Consider the following attitudes to make your business unstoppable.
You and your team are working towards a goal. This should be a long-term objective for the company, one that will take years to complete. There should be milestones along the way, so victory can constantly be in sight. Everything you do revolves around this objective. If some projects or activities do not bring you closer to your aim, consider revising or dropping them altogether. If specific projects are directly related to the goal, pour more effort into them. Being intentional about reaching specific goals is imperative for employee engagement.
Your workplace mood should be one of excitement. This does not mean that everyone has to walk into work feeling pumped up every single day. But do maximize your grounds for enthusiasm. The workplace is where your employees get the thrill of finding new ideas and discoveries (see below). The workplace is where you employees get the satisfaction of solving problems and creating solid solutions. The workplace is where your employees are encouraged with every step toward success. This attitude will keep your employees invested in their work.
Each person has their own unique set of skills. And when they can utilize these skills to the fullest, amazing things happen. Allow for autonomy and originality. Although your employees are a team, you can encourage them to think on their own as well. Your employees should feel the freedom to try new things and explore new ideas. Discuss untried possibilities together, and express excitement in what your employees have to offer. On a practical note, make sure your employees can maintain healthy habits, such as getting enough sleep and exercising. This way, they can live up to their fullest creative potential.
Your employees may be in the office to work. But they will thrive on an attitude of friendship. Relationships are important, even – we might say especially – in the workplace. As a manager, you can begin to cultivate a friendly atmosphere by investing in your employees. Ask them how they are feeling. Ask how their weekend was. Allow for conversation, and encourage conversation among coworkers. As your employees begin to develop friendship with one another, they will find it easier to work together as a team. Coming to work will become a joy instead of a frustration.
Of course, there will be just a few people who are the official leaders of your office team. But in reality, every person should feel like a leader. Each voice matters. And your employees should know that. Offer your employees responsibilities and respect in order to demonstrate that you value their work. Show them that they are each leaders for the other people on the job. This is not an optional attitude. This is crucial. When everyone feels like a leader, everyone throws their full strength into the push. An attitude of leadership provides motivation and inspires a strong work ethic.
Your employees need to be able to have fun, both in the office and out of the office. A little laughter in the middle of a work day can often lighten the load and clear the minds of your employees. Strive to make the workplace an enjoyable place to be. Post funny (and appropriate) jokes on the bulletin board. Before a meeting, laugh over something that happened to you on the weekend. You may even want to consider scheduling day trips or tours for office vacation days. Far from taking away from the work, a little fun here and there keeps your employees engaged.
We have been referring to your employees as a team throughout this article. This is intentional and extremely important! Although independent thinking is important, teamwork is just as crucial. Your employees should learn how to work together. Remind them on a regular basis that victory can only be achieved when everyone works together. This means that each person’s part is crucial to the whole. This will inspire your employees to give their best for the sake of the team. And, as they learn to work together, the overall potential of the office will increase exponentially.
Quitters don’t win. Your employees probably know this in some sense. But it is sometimes difficult to stand up and keep going after a failure. Of course, even with intentionality, creativity, and all the rest, your employees’ ideas will go wrong at times. Every company has its ups and downs; it’s just a part of life. But the way we view our failures is what makes all the difference. Remind your team that a one-time failure does not mean defeat. Rather, it is a learning experience. The knowledge they gain through the failure will simply bring them one step closer to success. So keep a smile on your face and a kind word on your tongue even through the hard times and watch your employees respond with renewed vigor.
Just as you are bound to cross paths with defeat, you will also cross paths with success. You and your team will reach new milestones and gain new insights. You will learn new skills and become better equipped to do the job well. These moments can and should be an exciting time for everyone. Don’t hesitate to celebrate victories, even small ones. (These are, in fact, great times to incorporate the attitude of fun.) At the very least, make sure to offer verbal support to your employees. Success is addicting – a little bit like exercise. Your employees will be inspired to succeed again and again.
To make the most of your workplace, make sure to use employee messenger boards! This will ensure that your employees can be constantly reminded of these valuable attitudes on a daily basis! For more ideas on how to make your workplace a great place, contact us! We are glad to answer any questions you may have.