WorkLife April 2017 - Page 30

PROMOTING FINANCIAL WELLNESS MAKE SOMEONE’S DAY Here are some quick, tried-and-tested tips to help you boost your team’s engagement levels Employee engagement is the topic everyone in the corporate world is talking about, yet employers are still failing to understand how to achieve it. The “my way or the highway” leadership style that creates a hierarchical structure is no longer effective and often companies that still implement it have the highest levels of employee turnover and lowest levels of satisfaction. As an employer or manager, you’ll already know that engaged employees create happy teams and happy teams do great things. But, this all comes down to effective leadership. Here are some tips on how to apply your leadership position to engage employees and build a happier and healthier working culture: 3O COMMUNICATE AND CARE PROVIDE TRAINING AND KNOWLEDGE TRUST AND EMPOWER REWARD AND RECOGNISE Take the time to listen and talk to your employees about life beyond their work. Share success and failures with the team. Building effective relationships increases trust and leads to employee motivation and engagement. Leadership is about more than delegating work. It’s about having consistency and ensuring employees feel supported. Equally, putting them in a position of influence is important to help them build trustworthy relationships with their colleagues. Develop your people and educate them based on where their strengths are. It’s easy to make those doing well feel empowered but those who are struggling often require an extra boost. Giving employees the chance to reflect on their skills and excel in their career means they are able to achieve goals. Employees are more engaged when they have confidence in their roles and responsibilities. Giving employees space is essential to keeping them engaged. Don’t micromanage–managers should trust their employees’ opinions and vision to make the right choices. It’s important that people are given the power to make decisions without feeling a need to constantly run it by their manager. The sense of ownership automatically keeps them motivated and this usually comes about in an environment where the possibility of failure doesn’t create fear. Teamwork makes the dream work and when employees feel involved and recognized, they invest more care into their job. *60% of best-in- class organisations state that employee recognition is extremely valuable in employee performance. The reward and recognition aspect in a workforce is often overlooked as a ‘nice-to have’ but it is a very important motivator. *The Power of Employee Recognition, Aberdeen Group