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With multiple upcoming deadlines and target goals to reach, it can be easy to forget to take a moment to acknowledge the accomplishments that have already been made. The National Day of Encouragement was launched in 2007 to remind us of the importance of showing we appreciate the good work that those around us are doing. In order to continue doing good work, people need to feel their contributions matter and that they are an invaluable part of the organization.
Here are some ways leaders can encourage employees to stay motivated at work:
Ask and Listen
A simple way to begin motivating employees is to find out what you can do for them to help them succeed. It is impossible to know how to make the most meaningful impact without knowing what is on your employees' minds. Set up a time to meet with each team member regularly so they can share any ideas or concerns they have. Use your eyes as well as your ears to really hear what employees mean. It is encouraging for employees to know that their managers truly care about them on an individual level.
Recognize and Reward
It is the small, everyday objectives that are met which turn into the big wins. When employees do something well, take the time to notice the job well done to facilitate further progress towards a bigger goal. You can go further by sharing your team members accomplishments with one another, as well as others in your organization to help them shine. Remember to reward your team in meaningful ways as well.
Creativity and New Skills
Businesses are always adapting to stay current and it starts with the people. If you notice an employee seems frustrated by a particular assignment, start by reminding them of their past successes. Then work with them to see what could be done differently to work through the problem. Consider additional training or skill building opportunities as necessary. Foster creativity in your team members by holding a brainstorming session where no ideas are wrong.
Encouragement fosters a positive work environment necessary to give people a reason to come to work each day and be ready to go beyond expectations. It is crucial for a leader to continuously find ways to motivate employees to be their best. Their successes mean success for you and your business.
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By Hanna Kim - August 24, 2018
How Managers Play A Role In Employee Well-Being
More and more companies in the US are focusing on employee well-being to create a healthier and more productive workplace. According to SHRM’s 2018 Employee Benefits survey, 73% of employers provide wellness resources and information, and 62% have incorporated a wellness program. While these resources and programs are invaluable, managers have the power to shape the organization’s culture.
It is up to management to lead by example to shape a culture of well-being. A manager’s role involves instigating and creating change for their team. This role should also be taken into the realm of wellness. As the ones who allocate resources, leaders determine the conditions conducive to success. Companies reported seeing up to a 3 to 1 return on their initial investment into a wellness program. When taken full advantage of, wellness programs can make a meaningful impact on not only employee health and happiness but also an organization’s equity.
Here are some simple yet effective ways managers can help make the most of wellness program.
Practice What You Preach
Managers should lead employees by example. Practice self care for yourself first, to show employees you take your own well-being and their well-being seriously. If you as a manager are “on” 24-7, never take breaks or PTO, and drink 20 cups of coffee a day in order to have the energy to do so, employees will feel compelled to follow suit.
If noone is using the wellness resources provided, that investment is only going to waste. Attend wellness events and invite your team members to come with you. Leaders can also create opportunities for team building and employee well-being. Think of small, fun ways to reduce stress; for example, reward your team to a healthy lunch after an especially busy week or take some timed breaks as a group to get some movement and stretching in.
Ask For Opinions and Feedback
Every company and the workforce that supports it is different and therefore has different needs. Instead of one-way communication, use two-way communication where both leadership and team members can openly and honestly discuss what is working and what’s not working. These conversations can only happen when managers create a comfortable environment where employees feel they can say what’s truly on their minds about how they feel about work.
In addition to listening, create space for your team to contribute solutions they feel would work for them. Frequently checking in for feedback can keep an ongoing conversation that allows managers to make the changes necessary for a harmonious work environment.
Employee well-being is something that can be fostered by great leadership. Manager’s have the responsibility and power to create the work environment their team needs to be productive. Don’t forget about your own well-being to inspire workers to feel their best and do their best in the workplace.