One of the most important things all managers must remember is that their employees are very important to the operational success of the business. PEOPLE are the reason the company succeeds and they are the reason outsiders want to do business with or work for the company. Companies must remind their employees on a regular basis of how important they are to the success of the company and to its culture.
We will discuss the best methods to use when reminding employees how important they are to a company here.
Everyday Conversations Cannot be Forced
Employees know when they are involved in forced conversations with their superiors. It is very easy to spot and it can be quite uncomfortable for everyone involved. Your everyday conversations with employees must be intentional. They should never be forced. If you have to force the conversation, do not have it until you are absolutely ready to do so.
As you assign work to an employee, make sure you let them know why they are receiving this project. If it calls for a client presentation, tell them how great of a job they did on the team meeting presentation in the office last week. Let them know you have a reason behind why they are receiving specific work.
Employees Want to be Challenged
An employee will know he or she is important when they are challenged by their employer. Employees who are not challenged at work will feel a lack of importance in their job. This can lead to them slacking off or even leaving the company for greener pastures.
Instead of handing out boring, repetitive assignments to the same employee, you could give them a more challenging assignment. This will show them you have confidence in their skills and abilities to get the job done on-time and correctly.
You can show employees how important they are to the company by choosing them to train new hires. This will show them how much trust you have in them because you are relying on them to show the new hire how the company operates and what it takes to be successful.
Have Others Offer Feedback
As nice as it is to receive feedback from a direct supervisor, having this occur often could become routine. Have others from within the organization speak to your employees about how they are important to the company. This can be done by a human resource executive, the head of another department, a higher-up executive or someone from a client’s office or company.
Acknowledge the Individual
As nice as it is to recognize your employees as a team, it is also important to acknowledge the individual in your department. If an employee went above and beyond the call of duty, offer them an extra day-off from work or nominate them to attend an important conference on behalf of the department or the company.
Employees are very important to the success of a company. The more they are reminded of this, the more success the company will experience.