Employee Engagement is such a hot topic for HR and organizations. My inbox at work fills up with surveys and articles on how employees do not feel motivated at work. What are we doing wrong?
I think that HR and those in Leadership roles need to help employees believe in themselves and the work that they do. Employees need to know that you have faith in their ability to do their jobs well. It also requires commitment to help support employees when times are tough. Staying positive is key.
Here are some simple steps to help instill this can-do attitude in your employees:
• Help employees set career goals that they can control. This can include some training and development, access to a mentor or a coach, or maybe even job swapping/sharing.
• Recognize employees for their achievements. Something as simple as a pat on the back and ‘good job’ work wonders for employee morale.
• Help employees learn from their mistakes. Don’t point fingers and play the blame game. Failure provides an opportunity to learn and grow. Remember we all make mistakes sometimes – nobody is perfect.
• Give your time and energy to others in the workplace. Everyone is busy at work but making time to help others achieve success creates a positive work environment. A side effect of helping others is that you feel good too.
Leaders who encourage others to believe in themselves are leaders whom others want to follow.