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Your company is just as good as your employees. If the people who work for you lack motivation and engagement, they will underperform in any task and won’t produce results. On the other hand, if they’re happy and motivated, they will go above and beyond in embodying the mission of your organization. A company that understands how to empower an employee is a company that understands how to create a better work environment. This productive environment makes a company more likely achieve all its goals and make better profits.
Here are a few hints to improve your employees’ performance and drive them to better results.
1. Provide your employees with feedback
When an employee is given a task, they should know whether the results, good or bad. According to recent surveys, about 60% of people interviewed reported that they would like to receive feedback at least once a week.
Everybody wants feedback… provided it is good. However, even negative feedback is extremely important. If an employee does not know what they did wrong, they will keep repeating their errors over and over. Vice versa, providing them with some praise when they do something good can go a long way by boosting their motivation and commitment. Bottom line, plan regular one-on-one meetings to provide employee feedback instead of just meeting with them once every quarter (or year).
2. Do not push your employees too hard…
Maybe you are a workaholic who never sleeps. Maybe your standards of excellence are so high that you keep demanding more of yourself every day. Although these are great qualities, not all your employees will put work before their private lives to your extent, and that’s ok. Either way, putting too much stress on your employees can lead them to becoming overworked until they reach burnout. Don’t push them too hard. Working with stressed and unhappy people is not going to help you meet your goals because overstressed and over-worked employees are just going to make more mistakes.
3. …but don’t be a pushover either
Some people just take advantage of leaders who try to be “the nice boss.” Listen to your employees and give them your time, but don’t let them pin their work on you. If they need help with something, be sure to give them all your attention. However, your goal is to provide them with the means to address their own issues by themselves, not letting them escape their own responsibilities. Help them figure it out, but don’t do it for them.
4. Offer advice, not solutions
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You should always coach your employees to teach them how to be better workers. Whenever they have an issue, do not fix it by providing them with your solution. If you do so, they will always depend on you. Coach them through difficulties, and help them figure out their own strategies to address the issue now and in the future. Ask them open questions that increase employee engagement and stimulate their thinking processes. Go to the full article.
Source:: Business 2 Community