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Companies and organizations of all types function most effectively when supervisors can get the most out of their employees. While the bulk of focus in a work environment tends to be on productivity, results, and output, taking time to consider human factors can have a hugely positive impact on overall morale. Investing time into soliciting feedback from employees, providing opportunities for self-care, and scheduling with flexibility are all ways to ensure that employees perform at the highest level possible.


Soliciting Feedback3 Steps for Empowering Employees to Reach Maximum Potential

Taking time to ask employees about their work environment pays off. When you are writing an employee engagement survey, take care to form questions appropriately so that they do not read as empty promises. You want to set yourself up to respond based on the feedback given. For instance, if you ask a question about whether or not an employee has received positive praise for something done in the past two weeks, you want to be able to do something with the data. If it turns out that an overwhelming majority of your staff has been commended recently, take that to your managers and praise them accordingly. If the opposite is true, have a conversation with managers about the power of positive praise, and check in periodically to retest the engagement data.

Having numbers is only powerful if you utilize them to create appropriate change. Be consistent about your inquiries; decide on a timeline for formulating surveys, and use them to gather data on an ongoing basis. Your employees will understand that this is not a way to placate them but a genuine interest in their opinions.

Providing Opportunities for Self-Care

What happens when employees are not at work is equally, if not more important, than what happens at the office. Taking the time to offer opportunities for self-care at work is foundational to being as productive as possible for both managers and subordinates. At work, self-care might look like enforcing lunch breaks away from desks rather than working through the meal. It might look like a yoga class offered for all employees after hours, or a guided meditation offered in the middle of the day for all who can attend. You might emphasize the power of tactile stimuli like stress balls and coils so that employees feel comfortable using these devices during conference calls and long phone conversations. Making room for different learning styles including auditory, active, and visual during the same presentation helps to make sure that everyone stays engaged and well.

Scheduling with Flexibility

Flexible scheduling is the third key to workplace success. This contributes to the idea that employees are all humans before they are worker bees. Each and every person has a life outside of the office. Encouraging people to schedule doctor’s appointments when it is convenient, attend soccer games of children, and leave work on time for family dinner lets people know that they are respected and valued. In turn, the same people are more likely to log onto the company site after hours to check an email or finish an important assignment. Due to the fact that they know they are respected, they will be significantly more motivated to contribute to the team’s needs.

Soliciting feedback, providing time for self-care, and offering flexibility with regard to scheduling means greater productivity and increased profit in the long run. People will feel like people before employees, which is essential to be motivated enough to contribute as much and as well as possible. Employees want to know that they are heard and that they are cared for. If you as a workplace can offer those components, your workers will strive to please.

James Ponds graduated with a MBA with an emphasis in marketing. In his freetime, he continues to study the current marketing/business trends, and enjoys golfing or boating on the weekend with his wife and kids. 

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