As a manager or employer, having an engaged team is crucial. Engagement means that they’re thinking beyond just their duties, that they’re part of a group and their goals are aligned with yours. Without it, you don’t know whether they’re motivated or if they even care about their job. So here, we’re going to look at how you ensure you have the engaged team you need.
Get them to participate
Is your business a victim of team meetings that drag on with only a few voices in the mix? That’s not just because your employees are bored senseless, it’s because you’re not using those meetings right. For instance, a lot of meetings turn into two-person conversations and reports. Save those conversations for outside the meeting. Instead, get more people to speak up by giving them lead time. Help them prepare talking points by telling them what you’re addressing. More importantly, ask them if there’s anything relevant they want to address and make it part of the team meeting.
Keep them informed
Letting them know what’s on the agenda isn’t just important for team meetings. It’s important for projects, for understanding their role and for getting them invested in the job in general. You can’t take the time out to speak to everyone every time something happens. Instead, you should use tech to do that for you. For one, you might consider an emergency notification app. What is an emergency notification app? It’s a simple mobile app that allows you to send vital messages to the whole team all at once. You can even include the option for replies so you can get feedback on immediate concerns.
Understand the diversity of your team
Everyone has needs. Not all of those needs are going to be the same, either. If you want people to be engaged, ask them why they currently aren’t. More importantly, ask them if you can help them find a way that’s easier for them to do their work. For instance, some people might prefer working in a different part of the office. Some might prefer remote working. You can’t assume everyone is going to be as productive in the same environment.
Take the time to address their day-to-day
Don’t just ask about their work environment, either. Ask about the actual processes of their work. Start a plan that addresses the day-to-day workload of each person under your supervision. Ask them about tasks they think could be done better. Then work together to document and look over those tasks. Help them find the appropriate tools and methods to make them quicker, easier and more engaging. This is the process of systemizing their workload. It’s essential to making a more efficient business.
Engagement is a two-way street. You need to be invested in them if you want them to be invested in you. You also need to inform them if you want them to understand their place in the business as a whole. Hopefully, the points above help you do just that.