The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to commit to personal and professional growth. If you are in a managerial position at work, take advantage of this time while many people are making resolutions to help your employees improve their dedication.
As a leader, you can create a work culture that promotes employee commitment and engagement. Committed employees are happy employees, and happy employees lead to high-quality performance.
Here are four ways you can increase your employees’ commitment, without giving them bonuses, free trips, or a puppy.
- Respect your employees’ needs
Personal concerns and issues occasionally affect work. It is important to create a flexible approach to managing your direct reports. This may include flexible working arrangements, annual leave, and professional development. When you show understanding and care for your employees, they will be more committed and loyal to the company.
- Allow freedom to work in their own way
Give them the necessary information (clear and detailed instructions), and then let them do it! Support and empower your employees to be creative. Give guidance and feedback when necessary. This will allow your employees to take ownership of their work and when they do make sure to tell them how much their impact matters.
- Incorporate humor and fun
You’d be surprised how a little appropriate humor can make work fun and enjoyable. Look for opportunities for employees to enjoy themselves with teammates. You may consider organizing fun, non-work-related outings, friendly contests, team-building activities, etc. These should get them to work together and tie them back to the company by helping them build stronger relationships. Be careful not to pit employees against each other.
- Provide training and professional development
Professional development can boost your employees’ confidence. When your employees feel good about their ability to perform, they will perform! Investing in your employees demonstrates that the company is interested in their success and advancement. This allows your employees to see a future in their work.
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