As an employer, you know that your staff is one of your most important tools. No matter how big your objectives are, your company will not be able to reach them, without an active and motivated staff. Oftentimes, what employers struggle with is employee retention as they find it hard to keep their employees engaged. – Your team members typically will have a variety of unique styles that are significantly common and compliment each other. How can you use their talents effectively and make sure each members stays engaged?

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Be a leader

One of the keys to having a great staff is to know how to be a good leader and team builder. A good team builder knows that he needs to be ahead of his team. This means, making sure that, before telling them what to do and how to do things, he has already set the example for them to look up to. He communicates his vision and listens to his team’s advice.

Set up a recognition system

A basic human need is to be valued, seen, and appreciated. When this longing goes unmet — when our basic value and goodness are not recognized and reflected back to us — we may find it difficult to value and affirm ourselves. This is no different for your staff. When employees feel appreciated for the work they do well, they are motivated to work even better. Look for ways to increase employee motivation by recognizing excellence in the workplace. Celebrate the successes with your team members when they complete a job well done.

Empower them

Give your staff more responsibilities as they grow in the company. Not only will this be a way to strengthen your staff but it will make them feel more involved and valuable. Make sure they understand that you are giving them more responsibilities because you are satisfied with the work they have delivered in the past and as much as possible, make sure an increase in salary matches these new responsibilities. When your employees see growth opportunities inside the company, they will automatically be more engaged and motivated.

Invest in them

Find ways to make knowledge more accessible to them through training opportunities. Investing in your staff will be beneficial for both you and your team. As your business grows, so will your need for qualified employees. Show your staff that you are willing to equip them with the tools they need to do the work.

Teach them how to use their emotional intelligence

Emotional Intelligence is defined as each staff member and leader having a set of competencies to develop and apply their “people skills” effectively. There are several emotional intelligence skills that affect all aspects of work, and they include: self-confidence, self-control, conscientiousness, adaptability, innovativeness, commitment, initiative, optimism, understanding others, conflict management skills, team capabilities, communication, and the ability to initiate or manage change. When employees know how to channel their energy into positive actions, it will create a better working environment and increase productivity.

Communicate

As a leader, talk to your staff and share with them how best to get the task or project done. In doing so, use optimism to motivate and inspire your staff and most importantly, ask your staff for suggestions on how they would get the task accomplished. A good team builder understands the importance of making sure each team member is headed in the right direction. In order to do so, he needs to communicate his vision. Oftentimes we expect people to take action and make the right move without communicating the vision and the plan. When the staff feels like they are headed in the right direction, it will give them a sense of purpose that will motivate them to keep pushing.

Face challenges together

When things do not go right, instead of blaming them, talk to them. A great way to keep your staff engaged is to make them feel like you are on the same team. This means, sharing the successes just like the defeats. When goals are not met, gather them in order to find solutions together.

 

In optimizing the full potential of you the leader and your staff, incorporating a number of the ways we have discussed to develop your staff for job satisfaction is essential. If there is no investment in the team, there will be no staff cooperation. Make sure you take advantage of this asset (your employees) to create a team that is able to work together towards the desired goals.

 

Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints

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