Learn How to Engage Employees by Winning their Hearts and Minds
As business leaders we bear the responsibility of making sure that we meet each employee where they’re at and guide them throughout their journey. This means that you get to know your team members and inspire them to give their all by engaging the hearts and minds of each one. Good leaders serve as mentors to assist and help employees to grow in your business. Below are a few tips to help you learn how to engage employees meaningfully in your company!
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9 Tips to Win the Hearts and Minds of Your Employees
1. Tell Your Story
Share your company’s story of how it got started and how it became what it is today. Layout your vision and mission statement. Share your story in a way that resonates with people, especially your employees.
2. Set Expectations
Make sure to specifically map out your expectations. These can range from responsibilities, time commitments, and the standard that is set within the company.
3. Actively Listen
Take in all the feedback from your employees. They are your eyes and ears throughout the organization so, listen to their concerns, ideas, and thoughts. Hearing their thoughts is key as you learn how to engage employees daily.
4. Communicate Effectively
Communicate clearly to your employees ensuring that the message that you are conveying is getting across correctly.
5. Think Outside in
Expand your perspective – take an interest in your employee’s activities outside of work. The best way to get to know someone is through their interests.
6. Stay Clued in
Stay up to date on everything going on within your company. This can help get ahead of issues that could potentially arise. Staying clued in contributes to creating an environment that employees will thrive in.
7. Show Sincere Trust and Respect
It’s important that your employees feel that they are respected and trust their leader. Having trust with your employees will ensure that when issues arise, they will confide in you.
8. Be Responsive
The list of responsibilities for business leaders is endless yet it is still crucial to be responsive. Have your priorities lined up starting with most critical/time sensitive. This helps keep you organized and stay on top of things.
9. Give Recognition
Give credit and notice to the work your employees do. This not only makes them feel appreciated but also has the ability to motivate them as they continue.
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We would love to hear your examples of how well you inspired your team members as you engaged their hearts and minds.
We are excited to see you and your team excel. As you experiment with these 9 tips, notice what your team members really respond best to, and do that more!
Here is a helpful resource to check-out if you’re interested in learning more!
Chapter 5, “The Power of Daily Leadership: Unlocking Stellar Team Performance and Sustaining Breakthrough Results through Powerful Daily Leadership Practices,” contributed by Pete Winiarski and David Tweedt’s in the book Lighting Growth by Justin Sachs
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