With the increased rate of competition and opportunities, ensuring the same progress with productivity has been one of the major tasks for managers. It is quite evident that even a motivated workforce shows signs of burning out over a period of time. Keeping this issue in the mind, it has become imperative for organisations and managers to enact employee engagement programs in order to keep the morale high and also ensuring a constant motivation towards success.
Focused, driven and meaningful conversations can act as catalysts towards improving employee engagement but in hindsight, if the leader or manager fails to communicate effectively, it can prove detrimental for the organisation.
In order to communicate effectively, leaders can follow certain practices that essentially formulate engaging and clear communication strategies:
1. If every individual is different, your communication cannot be generic.
Individuals become a team, and we manage the individuals within the team, hence the communication should focus on each individual and their attributes. Here are certain tips and tricks you can employ in order to manage and communicate effectively with the individuals:
- Organised and streamlined communication helps and improves disorganised employees.
- Allowing a certain amount of autonomy to top performers.
- Incentives for people who are performing. Public recognition can be very motivating for Individuals.
- Recognise the modest employees with subtle praises.
Everyone absorbs information in different ways. Identifying these parameters will essentially help you communicate with them better and also they will assimilate what you have to say.
2. Consistency is the key to continuous communication.
The lack of definite deliverables and job responsibilities can also hinder employee engagement within the organisation. These can also be the root causes of employee underperformance. To keep this in check, it is important to first communicate the deliverables and responsibilities clearly, have a continuous follow-up to understand the employees' progress, grievances and difficulties if any. This helps in establishing a comfortable and engaging relationship between the manager and the employee.
3. Be Objective, not Reflexive with your emotions.
Having control over your emotions and they not influencing your interactions with your fellow employees is a vital part of effective communication. Temper is not good for communication but we are all humans and as a general trait, we do tend to get angry but the important measure would be to assess these kinds of situations and proactively act towards it. Understanding how your employees perceive you when you yell and how accommodating they are to the same is a vital metric that needs to be observed along with how such heated conversations are affecting your working environment, either positively or negatively.
4. Praise More, Criticize Less
Everyone likes appreciation and recognition for the effort they put in. The best managers identify these efforts and praise them in a continuous manner to ensure the continuity of productivity. Moreover, the best managers create an environment in which their employees wants to excel. Mutual respect is best fostered through praise, support and steady encouragement. Creating a positive work environment naturally leads to the creation of a more engaged workforce. By recognising the efforts of the employees, they feel empowered, supported, and are motivated to push themselves to the edge of their abilities to do the best job possible.
At the Taplow Group S.A, We are a team that focuses on identifying and delivering the best talents as required by our clients. Backed with extensive research and a global team, our practices ensure that our deliverables reflect productivity for our clients.