Is it Monday already? The phrase, “The world doesn’t stop turning for you”, has never felt more real to me until now. There is so much going on in our world right now that I can’t seem to keep up with the latest news articles, comments, or posts. Let alone our personal lives are starting to pick up again with COVID-19 restrictions. I started thinking; if I’m struggling to stay involved, then my coworkers have to be feeling the same about work. Here are five tips on how to keep your employees engaged.
Encourage Employees to Self-Reflect
Our organization is making a lot of changes internally and it’s hard to find the time to read those emails or training guides. Allow employees to take an hour a day to catch up on what they need to read or want to reread. Encourage use of PTO days that have been racking up. We all need those breaks!
Promote New Ideas
With processes changing and the new normal evolving, we need all the ideas we can get. Teach each other to be respectful of other opinions and points of view, but bring together your ideas and present them to your teams.
Use Open Ended Language
As leaders, keep the conversations going by saying, “Let’s look into this more.” It shows that you are listening and valuing their ideas. This helps your team understand that there isn’t a “right” answer; that these ideas will continue to be evaluated and improved on.
Turn Those Mistakes into Learning Opportunities
It’s time we start handling mistakes head on in honest, straight forward conversations. Everyone makes mistakes. It’s a matter of when they will happen, not if. Look at ways to turn them into a positive outcome for your team.
Maybe at the end of your weekly meeting ask your team, “What went right this week?” and then ask “What can we change?” Start working on enhancing what is going well and see the involvement in your group start to grow!
Looking to add new talent to your enhancing team? Call AurStaff at 402-895-4422.
Sara Smith, Operations Assistant
Sara joined AurStaff in August 2018 as an Operations Assistant. Sara is from Minden, NE but moved to Omaha to attend college at University of Nebraska at Omaha. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends and family, and working out.