Value your people!
People who feel valued tend to be more committed to their employers and also tend to go the extra mile.
One of the most important duties of any manager is to ensure that their team members feel that their work is appreciated.
To ensure that your team feel they play an important part in the business, you need to recognise them as individuals. Team building events, office parties, etc. are great for boosting team morale but you also need your people to feel that they are truly appreciated as individuals.
You can show recognition by asking them to share their views and contribute to discussions. This provides them with validation that you feel they have something of value to offer, thus boosting their self-confidence and self-esteem, resulting in a happier more engaged member of your team.
You can even go one step further and involve your employees in making business decisions. Invite them to contribute to a discussion on a new strategy or perhaps ask them for their thoughts on a new product or service line decision. This can also provide the firm with opportunities to consider new ideas to potentially drive innovation.
Transparency is also very important. You should share what’s going on within the business, keeping them informed of the overall strategy and progress towards company objectives. This will demonstrate that you trust your employees and can create a feeling of “we are all in this together”.
This type of approach will go a long way to boosting the morale and commitment of your team members.
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