1. Welcome well
No one knows your company's mission and values more than you! So, when you are hiring people to incorporate to your team remember to look for people that align with your mission, your values and what you want for your company. When your team members share the same vision as you for your company you will see happier and more proactive people working together towards the company's goals.
2. Set the example
If you expect your team members to be happy and proactive you need to lead the way and show them how it's done. Be the person you need them to be and inspire them to want to be better and do better at work. It starts with you.
3. Trust your team
Let your team members take the lead and be constructive when giving them feedback. It's important for you to delegate and trust the people you've hired to do the job. This will lead to happy, proactive employees that will have initiative and will want to stay in your company because they'll feel satisfied with their jobs.
4. Encourage--and use--team feedback
If you want your team to be proactive and happy within your company make sure you're addressing their feedback and incorporating their suggestions into your company's operation and to your training plans. Making changes based on your team's feedback empowers them to be more proactive because they can see first-hand how great their contribution to the company is. Acknowledging, and validating their input is important and gives them a higher sense of responsibility, satisfaction and ultimately keeps them happy and wanting to come to work every day.
5. Assign challenging tasks
In order for your team to stay proactive, they need to be challenged consistently and they need to be given problems to solve. The last thing you want is for your team to get bored with the monotony of day-to-day tasks. A bored team member is not a happy or proactive team member. Give them more responsibilities and trust that the training you've given them is more than enough to get job done well.
6. Acknowledge and reward good work
When someone does a good job, say so. If a team member gets a glowing review make sure the entire company knows about it. Doing this also gives the rest of the team a goal to achieve, something to work towards. But the most important part is that the team member who got the review gets a show of appreciation from upper management. You can also offer more vacation time to your highest performers. Not only will you creative happy and proactive team members but you'll also create productive ones. Trust me when I say that they will feel seen, and they will know their hard work is appreciated. That's one of the easiest ways to make sure your team member is happy accomplishing goals and takes more initiative within the company.
7. Prioritize work-life balance
Offering benefits used to be enough to satisfy employees but, in today's world, that's no longer the case. The members of your team have full, complicated lives outside of work. To keep your team from burning out, you must take that into consideration and create a positive work environment. Your workplace culture should compliment your team members' personal lives and leaves them feeling fulfilled at the end of the day. If you fail to do so, you'll end up having a high turnover rate because they'll go work for someone who can provide them exactly what they need.
8. Offer opportunities to learn and grow
Employees know they deserve to move up in the world. If they can't move up within your company, they'll move on from it and find a place that will offer them those opportunities. Instead of losing your team members, create a career path that all your employees can take advantage of by showing initiative and interest. You also need to have regular discussions with your team about career planning within the company. Such "career pathing" helps your company retain happy and proactive employees and motivate the rest of the team to take their own action to move up in the company.