5 New Year’s Resolutions

As we embark on a new year, it poses the perfect opportunity to revaluate our lives, goals and direction – and this extends to the workplace.  This year, when it comes to rewarding your employees and fostering an engaging workforce, consider these New Year’s Resolutions to create a culture of recognition where employees drive results.

  1. Don’t Just Be a Boss, Be a Coach
    Leading a team to success is no easy feat.  When you look at successful sports teams and dissect their elements of achievement, it has something to do with having the right people in the right place at the right time.  But it also extends beyond talent to having a strategic and effective coaching that prepares and leads the team to win.  There are three benefits that coaches have that translate to the workplace.  Bosses can utilize these coaching best practices to motivate their teams.  Leverage the home team advantage by being your employees’ biggest fan and create an environment where the team feels comfortable to perform at their highest potential.
  1. Align Recognition to Corporate Goals
    Employers should use recognition to drive the bottom line and foster a meaningful relationship with their employees.  Recognition should be aligned with corporate values to help employees understand how they are contributing to overall company success.  This knowledge fosters repeat positive behaviors that drive results, boding well for both the team and manager’s reputation.  Align your feedback with the company’s overall objectives.  The most deeply motivated people – not to mention those who are most productive and satisfied – hitch their desires to a cause larger themselves.
  1. Abandon Micromanagement
    Micromanagement is an employer’s effort to remain in control of how work is produced to be confident of results.  This form of leadership is very ineffective because it doesn’t instill autonomy in employees.  Employees are not filled with a sense of mission when they are micromanaged and therefore are not held accountable to act with a sense of ownership.  Micromanagement doesn’t foster goal setting and negatively affects team building.  Leave this in the past and move forward with inspiring employees to make their own success.
  2. Implement a Gamification Strategy
    A motivated workforce is a successful workforce.  Smart employers are making an investment in their workforce to ensure they are happy, challenged, and stimulated at work.  The Gamification strategy has proven to be particularly useful when it comes to rewarding sales teams or departments with specific metric goals, rewarding top performers and reinforcing positive behavior.  Implement a Gamification strategy that inspires individual performance without compromising a team dynamic.  Incorporate gaming into the workplace as a tool that fosters individual results while targeting team collaboration.
  3. Embrace Work-Life Harmony
    In today’s age, work extends beyond the 40-hour week prescription, be it labor-intensive or mind-occupying.  Embrace a work-life harmony mentality and don’t just support your employees – support your people.   Here’s how:

Offer flex hours – technology makes it work!
Don’t micromanage – give your employees the autonomy to do their work.
Support personal development – when discussing career growth, ask how you can support their personal goals as well.

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