If you have employees that are movers and shakers, then count yourself lucky -- you have employees who have the skills, experience, and motivation required to make things happen. They are a creative force of nature, and they add energy and positivity to your organization in all sorts of different ways.

If you want your team to be movers and shakers too, and to be the very best they can be,  provide them with an environment that acknowledges and rewards their activities.

Here are 7 proven ways to unleash unlimited employee energy in your business:

1. Let the fun begin.

In my own experience, the highest-performing teams are those that truly enjoy what they are doing -- they have fun at work. So much so that they actually look forward to their time at the office each day instead of dreading it. Make fun a part of your culture and watch what happens.

2. Tap into your team's individual skills.

Your employees bring all sorts of different skills, talents, and experiences into your organization. Instead of losing out on this deep well of knowledge, find ways for your people to express what they are really good at. If someone on your team is an expert at social media, then find a way to tap into that. If someone else is a budding artist, then find a way to engage this talent.

3. Be transparent about the organization's goals.

If you want to achieve your organization's goals (and you surely do), then your people need to know what those goals are, too, and what they can do to help achieve them. Treat your people like partners and they'll do everything they can to help.

4. Help your people achieve their goals, too.

Great leaders keep their employees at the top of their priority list -- above everyone else -- and they make a point to help them achieve their own personal goals. If, for example, one of your employees wants to someday transfer to the accounting department, but needs additional training to get there, then help the employee get the required training.

5. Bend a little, get more in return.

Sure, some policies -- especially those around workplace safety and ethics -- are inviolable, many others are flexible depending on the situation. Try not to be the leader who punishes employees for trying something new or for pushing the limits. When you're flexible in your leadership, you'll find that employees innovate in ways you never imagined.

6. Give your team a chance to lead.

When you're the boss, it's natural to think that's your full-time job and everyone else on your team should follow. Actually, it's far better if you encourage your people to take on leadership positions and responsibilities. The more leading they do, the more time you'll have to focus on other responsibilities that are solely yours.

7. Encourage personal interests.

We hear a lot about the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance these days, and it's true: having a vibrant personal life will make you a better employee. Encourage your people to pursue their personal interests when they're not at work, whatever they may be, and to leave work behind -- if only for a little while. 

Published on: Jul 18, 2018
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