By Laurie Kaiser
There will always be times when you notice your employees’ motivation and production levels flagging. However, that tendency is only exacerbated during the summer months when Michigan’s lovely lakes — along with backyard pools and sunny decks – distract even the most loyal employee. Of course, everyone needs a vacation to recharge, but when your workers are present in the office, you want their minds to be present as well.
How can you motivate them? By engaging them to the point that they will take pride in their work and workplace so you won’t have to act like a nagging parent to keep them on task.
Learning and training opportunities are crucial to developing a culture of engagement, according to a survey commissioned by the American Society for Training and Development, which the Dale Carnegie Training sponsored. According to the 2007 study, two-thirds of respondents said that the quality of learning and training opportunities positively influenced engagement in their organization, and 54 percent said the breadth of such opportunities boosts engagement. Finally, 76 percent of respondents noted “career development opportunities” as driving engagement to a high or very high extent.
Apart from learning and career advancement opportunities, you also can encourage employee engagement by using the following strategies:
- Ask questions about how people feel about the organization, the work, customers and other key issues and then take steps to remove barriers that are hindering them.
- Recognize and take joy in workers’ accomplishments. Catch employees doing something right and praise them.
- Focus on identifying individual strengths and leveraging those to the advantage of the individual, team and organization.
- Develop and train workers for engagement, as well as for knowledge and skills.
- When workers seem deflated, provide appropriate encouragement. Put them on a new project or pair them with a positive influence.
While the lakeside beach or pool may be calling your employees on the weekend or during their vacations, you can create an environment where they remain engaged in their work regardless of the season.
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