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Sustainable Excellence Shorts #101 - Leadership Ideas For Involving Employees In Reaching Their Objectives
As a leader or a manager, do you tell people how to do their job or do you inform them what needs to get accomplished and allow them to determine the best way to complete the work?
Let's look at it from the position of the employee. How much personal satisfaction is there when the assignment is completely programmed and the staff feels unfilled?
I have been in team meetings where the boss would come into the room, state the problem, and then offer his or her opinion of how the issue should be fixed. They then decided to go around the room and ask for any input on how the task should be completed. What employee is going to say anything contrary to what the boss has just said?
If the boss is really interested in employee input, a better way to handle the situation would be for the boss to enter the room, state the problem, and then open up the floor for any comments the team members might have to offer as a solution.
According to a LinkedIn article (Shreve - 7/5/2022) here are five freedoms for promoting workplace independence:
1. Freedom To Be - When a workplace is psychologically healthy and safe, employees feel empowered to bring their authentic selves to work.
2. Freedom To Flex - Whenever possible develop a "get the job completed" mentality demonstrating you trust your staff to to work when, where, and however best leverages their individual talents.
3. Freedom To Probe - Foster an environment where your team can ask difficult questions that will improve the process of accomplishing the mission.
4. Freedom To Try - If you have developed a "fear of failure" culture your team will resist any type of new innovation that could improve productivity. Mistakes will happen. The difference will be, how you respond to those mistakes.
5. Freedom To Grow - Do you empower and encourage your staff to explore new opportunities, even if it may be a detriment to you? Or do you create a culture that growth or new opportunities is a betrayal to the team?
Leaders or managers who give their teams the autonomy to get the job done will usually enjoy increased morale and productivity among their staff. Having happy and healthy employees makes a leadership role much easier to manage.
Please watch the short video below about some additional ideas leaders can use to provide more freedom to their team to accomplish the mission.
Also, please leave me a comment about how you provide a safe and independent workplace where your staff can be in control of how the job gets done.
Are you happy at your job?
What makes you happy where you work?
The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company saw such a great result among happy salespeople that they started hiring based on optimism. They found that optimistic salespeople outsold their more pessimistic counterparts by 19% in year one and 57% in year two!
According to an online article from Indeed (2/3/2023), it's important to have happy employees because:
1. It makes customers happy - When employees find satisfaction in their work, they express it in their interactions with customers.
2. Leads to positive results - Individuals who are happy in their jobs usually perform better.
3. Fosters teamwork - Happy workers project their attitude around the office and rally their co-workers.
4. Happiness improves work attitudes - Workers who are happy are more likely to have positive attitudes that lead to successful outcomes.
5. Contributes to professional development - A positive work environment encourages employees to learn from their mistakes instead of fearing consequences.
While we understand the importance of having a happy staff, how do companies ensure their workforce is motivated? Here are some tips for keeping employees happy:
1. Seek feedback - Nothing makes employees happier than working at a company that promotes and values employee input.
2. Be transparent - By sharing relevant information and communicating a course of action, employees feel they are kept in the loop.
3. Prioritize work-life balance - Giving employees the opportunity to work a flexible schedule as long as the mission is accomplished makes people happy.
4. Develop opportunities for growth and enrichment - Ensuring employees have access to training that can lead to advancement makes staff feel the company cares about developing staff.
5. Offer benefits beyond a competitive salary - Providing things like bonuses, additional life insurance, gym memberships, and tuition assistance are examples of benefits that show employees you care about their overall well-being.
Please leave me a comment about your thoughts on ensuring a happy workforce and do you have any examples of what your company does to improve employee morale and show they care?
Author & Motivational Speaker
Terry is a sought after speaker who believes in the power of a story to motivate, inspire, and help others lead their uncommon and extraordinary lives. By combining his eleven-year cancer journey with his diverse business, athletic coaching, and hostage negotiating expertise, he delivers compelling yet relatable presentations for conferences, on-line events, panels, meetings, and seminars.