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5 Steps to Positively Influence Employees in 2017

On23/ 12 /16
As 2017 approaches, companies will be reviewing performance and setting new goals for the year ahead.

Many organisations now recognise the important role that employee engagement plays in their on-going success, and will be looking to prioritise this in 2017. So what proactive steps can they take? 

We bring you some ideas to help positively influence employees in the coming year.

1. Set a Strong Work Ethic

"Leadership is defined by the virtues of one's behaviour.” Israelmore Ayivor - Leadership Coach

First on the list is work ethic. Senior leaders should demonstrate a strong and consistent work ethic that sets the standard for the organisation and offers employees a positive example of how to behave.

Leaders need to show employees that they are reliable, trustworthy and follow their own advice. They should treat everyone with respect, from junior employees to the trickiest clients and always be working hard to move the business forwards.

2. Make Expectations Clear

Employees need to know your company’s objectives and values and understand how they can help to fulfil these in their day-to-day work.

Studies show that organisations with clear goals and values consistently outperform those without. So establish a clear, compelling mission statement and make sure this is communicated to all staff so they can truly get behind it.

3. Recognise and Reward Successes

When companies recognise and reward employees, they are sharing in their success. 

Firstly, giving praise where praise is due helps to foster positivity and create happy, productive employees. Secondly, praise motivates people to keep achieving more, and cultivates innovation. So celebrate the victories, however small and then watch your employees thrive.

4. Don’t Be Afraid to Admit Mistakes

“Every person, and especially every entrepreneur, should embrace failure with open arms. It is only through failure that we learn.” - Richard Branson

 Everyone makes mistakes. What sets good leaders apart is their ability to acknowledge them and identify the key lessons.

Too often managers will gloss over mistakes, and miss a golden opportunity for improvement. So lead by example and encourage staff to use mistakes as a platform for success.

5. Offer Support

Organisations can support their employees in all number of ways from proactively addressing HR concerns to ensuring staff have the right skills, tools and resources to carry out their work. However, creating a supportive environment is all about making this part of the company culture.

When companies actively support and invest in their staff, employees feel more secure and happy. This helps with staff retention and nurturing talent within the organisation. 

If you’re looking to grow your team in 2017, why not get in touch with Bucks and Berks today? Our experienced team will help you to find the right candidates to build on your success.
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