Staff involvement can help achieve a number of good results, including:
- Employees adjusting to changes more quickly if their input is taken prior to the aforementioned changes.
- Motivating employees and helping them realize that their voice is being heard. Everyday routine can easily become dull and monotonous. Asking employees for their input can add variety.
- Employer’s job becoming easier when everyone is involved and putting in their best efforts. This also leads to substantial growth.
- Younger team members becoming more motivated. They are mostly inexperienced and need additional encouragement and a sense of belonging. Involving them early on will keep them interested.
Now that we’ve established how important staff involvement is, let’s look at 17 ways through which it can be increased.
1. Set clear goals and expectations
Communicate, in a precise and concise manner, your expectations and targets to your employees. Many staff members are hungry for recognition and want to contribute. Letting them know by what metrics they’ll be judged will improve their engagement.
Get an employee time tracking software. Assign tasks and deadlines through it. This will let your workers know that they are being monitored and thus they need to complete their targets.
2. Be Transparent
Share non-sensitive information and numbers with your employees. Let them see the bigger picture and how their job contributes towards it. Don’t be afraid to share bad news, just be smart about how you deliver it.
If employees feel that important information is being shared with them, they’ll develop a sense of belonging.
3. Close the gap with communication
Regularly communicate with your staff. Make an effort to find out their current thoughts and feelings about the company. Arrange weekly meetings and hear what they have to say. Adopt an open-door policy. Employees should not be afraid to come to your office for important discussions.
All these gestures will let them know that their involvement is welcomed.
4. Late communication can damage involvement
If there is an important update from a staff member’s family or friend and he or she is not communicated about it immediately, mistrust begins to form and employee involvement eventually takes a hit.
5. Promote company reputation, values, and ethics
Everyone wants to proudly inform others about where they work. Promote the organization’s events, trips, perks, reputation, values, ethics, etc. so that the staff can hold their heads high.
6. Create a positive office culture
Company culture should be inclusive. It should welcome all genders, races, and religions. This will encourage involvement from every staff member. If a workplace discriminates against certain employees, it brings down the overall morale.
7. Encourage staff to share their experiences
Let staff members tell their stories about how they are contributing to the company and what steps they are taking to conform to company values. Everyone likes to be heard. Employees are no different.
8. Build trust
Trust is the foundation on which a relationship is built. Be transparent with your staff members. If possible, avoid hiding crucial information from them. If they ask about their overall performance, share your honest thoughts on the matter.
Don’t gossip or talk behind their back, it will eventually reach their ears.
9. Encourage innovation
Staff members who are directly involved tend to be more innovative. They are always looking to improve company operations. This makes sense because creative juices tend to run when we deeply care about something.
Employees spend most of their time at your office and give their best for your company. In the long run, this can easily drain or exhaust them. Some words of appreciation or encouragement can help and further motivate them.
11. Create a positive team environment
Help team members get along with each other. If they are comfortable around their co-workers then they will look forward to their day at the office and be more involved.
12. Constantly provide feedback on the positives
Appreciate your staff members by acknowledging their positive contributions. This is not to say that the negatives should be ignored. Just don’t always highlight them. This will boost an employee’s morale and encourage them to work even harder.
13. Be quick with the feedback
Feedbacks should not be withheld. Give quick feedback. Make it a daily occurrence. Employees like to know how their current work is being received. If feedback is late then it loses its potential to boost morale.
14. Offer support
Employees with great potential should be supported. Many times employers react positively to an employee’s suggestion or input. These types of employees should be trained, coached, or personally developed.
If employers and managers solve all the problems then employees will develop a lazy attitude and overall involvement will start decreasing. Avoid this problem by giving important responsibilities to staff members.
16. Give Incentives
Offer incentives based on results and performance. Every staff member is different. Their motivations are unique. Entice them with incentives that personally interest them. Just make sure that they are legal and ethical.
17. Employ experienced managers
It is said that employees don’t leave jobs, they leave managers. Hire managers who know how to do their job. Bad managers can negatively affect staff involvement and bring down employee morale.