“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”
~ General George Smith Patton, Jr.
Employees are a valuable resource that is frequently overlooked. Managers need to work with employees in order to maximize their skills and productivity. By doing so, they will help increase each employee’s value to the company. Motivational speakers and authors can help managers learn the most effective ways to empower their employees to perform at their greatest potential. But if you are a manager, you don’t have to wait until your company brings in an inspirational, motivational keynote speaker to start making an effort to empower your employees. Here are a few things you can do now:
1. Listen to Your Employees
No one knows their jobs better than they do. If they come to you with suggestions to make their jobs easier, hear them out. Employees often come up with great ideas to increase their productivity, but if their managers don’t listen, they give up trying to make things better.
2. Don’t Feel Threatened
Some of your employees probably have skills that you don’t have. That’s why they are doing their jobs and you are doing yours. Just as you are good at what you do, they have the skill set that is required to perform well at their jobs. That doesn’t mean they are well-suited to do your job, so don’t allow yourself to feel threatened. Instead, try to encourage those employees to continue improving upon their skills.
3. Provide Needed Support
If your employees need new equipment, software, training, or anything else to get their jobs done in an efficient manner, it is up to you as their manager to fight for the funding, if necessary, to get your employees what they need.
4. Let Them Know How Important They Are
Knowing that your job is important can make a huge difference in both self-esteem and job satisfaction. Employees who feel like they are making an important contribution are happier employees, and they are more likely to do their best work for their employers.
5. Let Them Know How They Are Doing
Too often, managers take employees for granted and fail to express their appreciation for a job well done. An employee who receives frequent praise when deserved is more likely to continue doing great work to please his or her boss, so try to find ways to provide feedback regularly. At the same time, it is sometimes necessary to give negative feedback. Try to frame negative feedback in a positive light when possible. For example, you might say, “I really like the graphs you used to illustrate this report, but I’d like to see more information about the profit margins on individual products.”
Try implementing some of these strategies with your employees and see how they react. You are certain to see some positive results. And remember that motivational speakers and authors provide a lot of information that managers can use to help their employees succeed. Try to attend seminars by motivational speakers or look for books by authors who can help you motivate and empower your employees.
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