How to keep employees engaged, focused and accountable

by | Mar 9, 2011 | Employers Tips

When you run a businessyou will need to take care that your employees are working to their fullest potential. In order to do this you will need to be sure that they are engaged, focused and accountable.

Keeping employees engaged:

Keeping your employees engaged means keeping them happy with your company and giving them incentives to stay. You can do this by getting them involved in the company. GAP is one such company that does this. They hold regular meetings for all employees so that they can see how the company has progressed and how they are an integral part of it. All employees will feel part of the team. This will also help to keep employees focused on company goals. They will also feel more accountable and responsible about the job. Well done by GAP’s Human Resources team.

Another way companies keep employees engaged by telling employees about new positions that are opening up. The employees have a chance to train for higher positions and can further their careers. This means they will stay with the company as they will understand that the company is good and they can progress there.

In these meetings you can also share achievements that the company has achieved through its employees. This makes employees feel their worth to the company and makes them feel appreciated.

It is also good to give employees a chance to help with decision making for the company. You can do this by having a suggestion box and announcing in the company newsletter if a suggestion was used to help the company improve. Of course the employee’s name will also be announced. Think tanks are also useful for this purpose. These really get employees involved with company decisions.

Keep them focused:

Companies keep employees from wasting time at work and keep them focused on the job by monitoring internet activity. Once employees know the rules most of them comply, especially if they know somebody is watching.

Keep employees focused by making the work more challenging and less boring. When work has some variety and is not the usual hum drum work everyday employees will feel more inclined to keep focused. Contests are fun and give employees a chance to focus on their work and do a good job. This also supplies an incentive to work harder and remain focused. It also helps to make the work place atmosphere more fun and pleasant to work in.

Cross training will help to keep employees more focused and interested in their job. In this way they will be able to train for different jobs and find one area that suits them better. They will also get more involved with the company. Try to select employees who are dedicated to the job and will have some interest in working for the company.

Keeping employees accountable:

Set deadlines and be sure employees stick to them. Check on progress and if there is a stumbling block try to resolve it. In this way an employee understands their responsibility but knows that they will still get management support if they need it to complete assignments. Keep track of employees that you manage and reward them for good performance and getting things done. Ownership of the task by an employee will keep them accountable for a particular job or project.

Try to avoid active babysitting. If too much of this is done employees will not feel they can work independently and consequently will not be responsible workers. Give them as much independence as they can handle and monitor them without them noticing it. However give weekly assessments of performance and if any problem keeps coming up try to resolve it with them.

When workers are rewarded for coming to work on time and for good performance they will feel motivated to do well in the work area. They will then be accountable for their actions in the workplace.

Vlasta Eriksson

Employment Agency Cairns – Signature Staff

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