Help Your Employees Fall in Love with Their Job
February, aka the month of love, is dedicated to focusing on what (and who) we love. In addition to friends, family, significant others, Girl Scout Cookies and Game of Thrones, wouldn’t it be nice to hear “the people I work with”, “the company I work for”, or “my company’s management team” on the list of things your employees love?
It’s no secret that employees who truly love their jobs are more likely to be productive, engaged, and efficient; as a result, managers should constantly be striving to find ways to help their employees fall in love with all aspects of their job, including: their team, company and even management.
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Encourage a relationship between coworkers in which they can genuinely say, “I love my job because of the people I work with”. As a manager, one way that you can accomplish this is to start hosting team building exercises, activities and outings to boost comradery and collaboration among coworkers. By hosting these events, employees will get to know one another’s strengths and weaknesses, in addition to forming a vested interest in helping each other reach professional goals.
It may not have been love at first sight, but at some point during the hiring process your employees became enamored with your company and decided that it was the best place to grow in their career. Remind them of this by sitting down with them and discussing their potential to grow within the company and the advancement opportunities available to them. Whether they are interested in making a move to a different department or planning on taking over your position one day, help them to map out a path within the company that will get them excited about continuing to work hard and earn the next step in their career.
As a manager, feeling the love from employees is most likely a rare occurrence. After all, you are the one who is responsible for ensuring that office goals are met and jobs are performed correctly, and those duties don’t typically earn you the title of “Most Popular” in the office. However, having a positive relationship with your employees will make them want to follow your directions, respect your leadership and get them excited about working for you. The best way to form that relationship is to engage with employees, show interest in their professional development, request feedback and actually utilize it in your management, and express appreciation for their hard work.
This February, help your employees fall in love with their team, company and management, and watch productivity, efficiency and morale improve!