The era of the adaptable workplace is upon us. Business owners must consider modern flexibilities, such as the ability to work remotely and unstructured time off, as strategies to attract and retain quality employees. This theology is especially impactful to the technology industry as well as for those seeking millennial talent.
Work culture is often defined by the leadership and the overarching philosophies of the company and its founders. It is critical for supervisors and management staff, as well as the organization’s executives, to not only preach the values, but to also genuinely believe in and stand behind them.
The most productive employees are those who trust both the members of leadership and the mission of the company. Achieving the trust of your staff will give your team confidence while empowering them to take greater ownership of their role in the organization’s success.
Feeling bombarded with constant questions and assaulted by accusations from senior staff can cause employees to gain mistrust. There must be enough autonomy to build a sense of security for the individual. That doesn’t mean, however, that there should be a lack of accountability. It is reasonable for team members to be held responsible for the work they are being paid to perform.
The Power of Positivity
Negativity is an enemy to productivity and staff engagement. Positivity, on the other hand, generates creativity and determination. Staying positive, even when mistakes occur, enforces the trust and enhances bonds between manager and employee. Similarly, rewarding and reinforcing positive behavior and achievements support a healthy culture.
Finding the perfect fit when trying to fill a role often requires a great expenditure of energy and resources; retaining quality staff benefits long-term company prosperity.
The modern workplace is diverse, and with varying backgrounds and motivators, it is very likely that what drives one team member may be of little consequence to the next. Discovering whether your individual employees are propelled by monetary bonuses, extra PTO, title promotions, or fun staff outings will help your leadership encourage maximum productivity and satisfaction.
Both loyalty and positivity are infectious, and a happy and collaborative team can lead to better employee retention, increased productivity, and innovative ideas. Providing an environment that gives employees the comfort to feel like themselves creates a sense of loyalty not only to the company, but also to colleagues, peers, and leaders.
Happy and loyal staff, quite simply, adds value to your brand and wallet. Now is the time to lead your team to workplace happiness.