When leading a business or other organization, keeping your team stimulated, alert, and willing to work can sometimes be a very tall order. And when projects get hectic or deadlines rapidly approach, it may feel almost impossible to maintain your employees' focus, positive energy, and efficient communication.
What are some easy steps you can take to ensure that your employees stay engaged? Here are 7 things you can do right now.
1. Involve the team
Collaboration--not just delegation--is key to ensuring a successful relationship between leaders and the rest of the team. Ask your employees to utilize every aspect of their broad skillset, participating in cross-functional teams or giving each person more authority to make the decisions they need.
2. Give constructive feedback
Rather than blindly criticizing when the going gets tough, constructive feedback is valuable for improving everyone's work--so as long as it's given in a productive manner. If your team's performance isn't up to standard, offer them concrete ways of changing their work to be more efficient.
3. Build relationships
Treating every single person as a valuable member of the team ensures that people will want to produce work to meet your high standards, even if they have to struggle to do so.
4. Create a comfortable work environment
Having a space where your people are welcome, where they have positive relationships with their coworkers, and also feel like their suggestions and thoughts are always heard is crucial to fostering an environment conducive to participation and engagement.
5. Keep your word
As a leader, it can be easy to go back on promises since you're the boss. However, if you lead by example and uphold your responsibilities despite your position of power in the organization, your team members will follow in form.
6. Be transparent
The best leaders provide the members of their team with as much information about the organization's plans and future as possible. Filling in your employees on whatever new initiatives you're working on--as well as updating status for ongoing projects--allows people to feel like their opinions and decisions matter, which is integral to maintaining overall team engagement.
7. Express gratitude
Thanking team members for their good work is a small thing, but definitely an action that is noticed and greatly appreciated. When you thank someone, they feel that they are valued, and they will be much more inclined to produce quality work for the team.