As a manager, part of your job is to foster a positive and healthy work environment in which your team can perform well and thrive. If your goal is to improve your culture, there are some core practices you can embrace to enhance the workplace experience and attract more talent to your organization. Here are three practices to consider integrating in your management style this year:
Leverage employees’ strengths.
Every employee has their own unique talents to contribute to the workplace, and employers who understand this will be able to best leverage their employees’ strengths for the betterment of their organization. You can capitalize on your employees’ strengths by giving your workers autonomy (and avoiding micromanagement), providing opportunities for employees to collaborate, and focusing on strength-based development in which employees are assessed for their abilities and knowledge rather than their deficits. With this approach, your employees will be more driven to excel as valued members of your team.
Focus on a team-oriented atmosphere.
Creating a team-oriented atmosphere can have a major impact on whether employees feel connected. Ways to unify your employees as a team may include scheduling group events and social gatherings, introducing team-based projects and initiatives, and promoting mentorship between superiors and subordinates. By promoting teamwork whenever possible, your employees will feel more supported by one another, as well as develop a camaraderie that allows for better work outcomes.
Gather employee feedback.
There’s a major value to gathering employee feedback throughout the year, especially if you’re struggling to retain staff. While employee surveys can be helpful, sometimes the best way to receive feedback is through informal interactions. Asking staff about what may be bothering them or making their job harder can allow you to make changes that improve their job satisfaction and daily routine. For example, if employees report feeling uninformed about company updates or leadership changes, your management team may need to improve internal communication practices. Even the simplest pieces of feedback are important for shaping a better workplace culture.
With these tips, you can foster a workplace that allows employees to feel empowered and uplifted. Ultimately, this will translate to improved retention as well as a higher degree of employee engagement throughout your organization.
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Until Next Time,
Your Staffing Partner, Darrin Rohr- President, CEO, and Chief Servant
Current owner of HH Staffing and Former Chief HR Officer for several successful Multinational Fortune 500 Companies. Brings a fresh perspective from decades of experience creating Great Workplace Cultures by building high-performance teams while leading and managing people from all different backgrounds. HH Staffing is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, and is uniquely positioned to serve both local and national clients.