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Do You Lead an Impassioned Workforce?
How do your employees feel about reporting to work each day? Are they excited by the challenges and rewards of their job? Or are they simply going through the motions, feeling uninspired and under-appreciated?
This is an important issue for business owners to consider because an impassioned workforce is filled with employees who are enthusiastic, interested in their productivity and dedicated to doing quality work they know is valued. What boss wouldn’t want a “dream team” like that working for her? There’s a lot you as the leader can do to inspire your team because many aspects of your employees’ attitude come from the top down.
The way in which you present yourself in your role as boss is critical. It’s important to manage with strength and intelligence, but also with grace, integrity, humility and an obvious appreciation for teamwork. Take some time to assess your treatment of and behavior toward your employees. You certainly don’t want to be accused of being the boss who expects a big paycheck and respect simply due to her brilliant management and/or position; or worse yet, one who expects commitment to the company, yet demonstrates little herself.
If your self-assessment reveals that you could improve your leadership style to further impassion your workforce, consider these questions:
How do you spend your workday? Certainly there are managerial-level duties and decisions upon which you need to act. In addition, a good portion of your working hours would be well spent meeting with project leads, discovering ways to empower your teams to work more effectively, pitching in whenever and wherever possible, dealing with customer care issues and putting out any “fires” that break out during the course of the day. Bottom line, the best thing you can do for your team with every action and decision is to demonstrate that you support their efforts.
How do you demonstrate your level of commitment to the company? Show that there’s no job that’s “below” you because you’re as invested in the work as much you want your employees to be. When employees see you becoming and remaining interested in the tasks at hand, they will know that you care about the work itself as well as the big picture. Fostering a sense of community and a common mission with your employees is key to showing that, even though you’re the boss, you’re all on the same team.
Do you actively listen - as well as actively speak? Employees feel empowered when they have a voice and are given ample opportunity to express opinions they know are heard by management. Workers will feel appreciated and valued when their ideas are taken under consideration.
Is your team-members’ pay commensurate with your own? It’s difficult for employees to feel enthusiastic and valued when they know they’re being paid considerably less than those who manage them. Providing generous benefits is a highly effective way to demonstrate care for your employees as human beings with lives outside of the work they perform on your behalf.
Having an impassioned workforce is good for all concerned. First, it ensures that your employees actually want to come to work and, once there, work well. Secondly, you, the boss, will benefit from a content team that will perform well together. Individual workers who are satisfied with their professional situation will be happier, healthier and more likely to remain in your employ.
How does your business foster an impassioned workforce?
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