ENSURE YOUR TEAM IS HAPPY, ENGAGED AND STAYS PRODUCTIVE
“Houston… we have a problem”. Well, this time it’s not the astronauts and it’s not in space, it’s right here on terra (not so) firma. As Texas experiences record-breaking weather, we are reminded – especially after experiencing 2020 – that we should certainly count our blessings. Instead of focusing on what you have missed out on, it’s important to focus on what we have, and certainly right now I’m thankful for heat and the ability to work from home!
So how do we count our blessings in the workplace? It starts with appreciating your team and helping make your workplace an environment where employees can be engaged and productive.
In January we offered tips on working with your team to prevent burnout (which could lead to turnover); now, let’s focus on how to improve workplace happiness to keep top employees happy and engaged. After all, “happy employees are up to 20% more productive than unhappy employees.” (Forbes.com)
As mentioned last month, a recent Gallup report on employee burnout states, “it’s not just the number of hours you work; it’s how you’re managed and how you experience work during those hours.” (Gallup.com, 2020)
So, what can you do to ensure your project team is happy, engaged….and stays productive? Here are a few articles offering advice on small adjustments that can be done quickly and inexpensively, even while working remotely:
Culture: Companies that land on “best places to work” lists have the best cultures, helping them win during the talent war.
Vision: Get buy-in from key employees and keep them aligned and committed to the purpose and vision of the project to work towards shared project goals.
Communication: Managers and team leads should ensure their teams have a clear understanding of the scope and deliverables of their projects.
Professional development: Help employees develop a career path within your organization, developing new skills or enhancing existing ones.
Recognition (or verbal praise): Recognizing people for their good work sends an extremely powerful message to the recipient, their work team, and other employees.
7 Keys To Make Your Employees Love Your Company (Forbes.com)
Are you happy? Are your coworkers happy? When are you the most happy on a given workday? What makes you happy? Is your boss happy? When you think about going to work, does it make you happy?
How to Fall in Love With Your Job (Time.com)
Clearly we need to make it easier for people to experience meaning, purpose and joy in the workplace. Here are six ways motivated employees of all generations can pursue meaning within their current job.
7 Tips for Wooing Your Employees Into Loving Their Jobs, Again (Entrepreneur.com)
Many employers forget their employees are people who want to feel a sense of belonging and know that their work makes a positive impact on the organization. Here are seven simple steps to boost engagement in the workplace.
It’s a tight talent market for in-demand professionals, if you’re looking for an in-demand professional, or reach out to us and let us know how we can help!