Most company leaders understand that securing an employee’s commitment and loyalty is essential for success. With it, your teams thrive, productivity skyrockets, and morale is enhanced. Without it, your workers may fail to meet your expectations, and turnover may be unmanageably high.
If you want to inspire commitment, you need to take specific steps that spur loyalty. Here’s how to get started.
Feedback and Recognition
A worker will only care about exceeding a manager’s expectations if they receive some form of reward for that level of commitment. Usually, that involves getting positive feedback or recognition.
It’s important never to assume that your employees know they are doing an excellent job and that you value their contributions. Instead, it’s always best to explicitly acknowledge what they do and to do so regularly.
Respect Employees’ Expertise
While managers may have a technical skillset that aligns with their team or department, they usually don’t have the knowledge or experience necessary to handle every duty they dole out. This is especially true for those who’ve been part of the leadership ranks for some time and aren’t familiar with the latest approaches to individual tasks.
Managers who fail to acknowledge their shortcomings and insist that their way is best, without consulting team members who specialize in that area, usually inspire frustration, not loyalty. Not only do their employees feel like their expertise isn’t being valued, but they are being hindered by a manager who won’t ask for help.
If you want a committed team, you need to respect what they bring to the table and recognize moments when they may know best. That way, you can solicit input at the proper times and defer to experts when necessary. Not only will this approach boost morale, but it also inspires loyalty.
Employees will be reluctant to commit to a company that isn’t reasonably open and honest with them. If leaders are afraid to admit when the organization is struggling or that a change is on the horizon, it can breed a sense of distrust or fear. Workers begin to assume that relevant information is being hidden from them, and speculation, rumors, and negativity become part of the culture. When that happens, keeping your best and brightest around is near impossible.
While you don’t have to share every detail with your team, keep them as informed as possible. Share good and bad news in equal measure. Admit it when the company is facing a challenge. Be honest when a change is coming and why it is necessary.
By being forthright with the information, you are creating a sense of trust. In turn, that can inspire commitment and loyalty, as your employees always feel prepared for what’s to come.
Ultimately, the tips above can all be beneficial, so considering embracing them all. If you’d like to learn more about keeping your team motivated, productive, and committed, the staff at TempStaff can help. Contact us today and see how our expertise can benefit you.