Getting the best from your team is a part of any managerial role, but as a business it shouldn’t stop there.
In the mid to latter part of the 20th century, most people worked in manufacturing and there was no need for employees to ‘buy’ into the business strategy. All they needed to do was show up to work and do their role.
Now, it is not so simple. To get full buy-in from employees, a company needs to motivate its people, and keep them engaged.
Hard top-down management is no longer the way that society works, it has evolved into something more complex. To do well a business needs to have employees, to compete and get ahead of the competition, a company needs its employees to champion, be engaged, motivated, and be a focussed element of a finely tuned business.
Everyone is different, so to gain that buy in, there are a few ways that will help.
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
No matter what department they are in, or what level or grade, keeping your employees abreast of the company strategy is a wise decision. This doesn’t mean that you must tell everything, but people are happier and more engaged when they know where the business is going.
Good communication ideas include:
- Internal communications
- Regular meetings
- Team catch ups
Inclusion is key
An inclusive atmosphere and culture will engage employees straightaway. The feeling of being a part of a bigger picture will increase loyalty and buy in.
Team building days are not for everyone, but they are a great way of including everyone in an effort to work together and get to know each other in a non-work based environment. Come up with a few choices of what to do and let the team vote on what they want to do.
Tempting the best talent is no longer just about a good salary. Technology companies were on the fore for additional rewards, but many businesses have followed suit, offering:
- Flexible working
- Free fruit
- Remote working
- Company outings
- Creche and childcare vouchers
- Break out areas with games
Recognising the efforts of employees goes a long way to increasing engagement and motivation. It doesn’t have to be a huge event, just a simple well done in front of team members is enough. When employees feel valued, their engagement levels are much higher.
Support/ know your staff
Employees are first and foremost people. Our complex brains are why we are so advanced, but this complication means that we must consider that lives can be less than simple.
Support is a vital part of a good working environment whether it be for work reasons or personal.
The saying goes that if you care for your employees, then they will care for you. Whether it is done at team level or overseeing a larger business, keeping the best talent, gaining the best out of your employees, or attracting new talent will be simpler if you are an employer of choice.
For more advice on recruiting the best talent into your business, contact Bell Cornwall Recruitment here.