Do you feel valued in your job? Are your contributions recognized? Is there an opportunity to share your ideas and have them considered?
If the answer to any of these questions is ‘No”, then there may be a problem in your organization.
One of the key jobs of an effective manager is to motivate employees. Motivated employees are more productive, have better attendance, and are willing to go above and beyond expectations for the good of the organization.
We know that money does not produce a long-term motivational impact on employees. While everyone feels good for a while, soon the effect wears off as the additional money becomes part of the norm, or even an expectation.
If we are going to motivate employees and produce a sustained effect, supervisors must demonstrate to employees they are valued and important to the organization. The best way to accomplish this is through employee engagement. By involving them in organizational planning and problem solving, supervisors demonstrate their belief in the value of employees.
At CALMC, we believe no one knows more about their jobs than the person doing the work. They know what works, what doesn’t, and the ways to improve the process. Given the opportunity to provide their ideas, employees will not only be able to identify ways to make systemic improvements, They will develop an increased sense of ownership of the process.
We see too many supervisors or can’t (or won’t) grasp these ideas. Some tell us they are too busy getting the product out the door to involve their staff, failing to realize an involved staff can make their own work easier. As employees take on more responsibility, supervisors can spend their time on more important tasks they had to set aside before.
As a manager, do you provide regular opportunities for your employees to provide input into the work process? Do you actively listen to their ideas and provide feedback to the employees? Do you recognize the time spent on employee engagement will save the company money by enabling the organization to get the most value from the strengths and contributions of everyone?
As legendary football coach Woody Hayes put it, “You win with people.” Effective leaders use a sincere employee engagement process to help their organizations win. Supervisors who believe only they have the knowledge or experience are fooling themselves and missing out on the best resources available to them.