As a business owner, when problems arise and questions come up, what can you usually boil the answer down to?
Productivity…Your business is prosperous when productivity is up.
Your employee’s productivity is closely connected to their motivation and inspiration, which is in turn is linked to their happiness.
Therefore, when you have happy employees, you have productive employees.
You might think that listening to employees and seeking out their ideas are commonplace in businesses, but in reality you might be surprised at how little listening is going on in today’s workplace. The majority of leaders are making decision without asking for any input.
We need to be encouraging all our supervisors and managers to seek feedback and ideas from employees and here are some reasons why…
- Initiative: Employees often feel their ideas are dismissed when their leader doesn’t take the time to consider their ideas. However, when they feel they their concepts are being heard and supported, it will inspire great effort from your team.
- Originality: Something as simple as listening can really inspire creativity. Aside from contests or reward arrangements, when your staff is heard and encouraged, they will also feel inspired and innovative.
- Preemptive: Instead of always using your thoughts and ideas, when you seek your staff’s point of view, you will truly understand what is important to them. You will be able to use concrete ideas and feedback to make decisions and take immediate action if necessary.
- Retention: Instead of moving forward with any type of program or new procedural arrangements, take the time to listen to your employees. They will feel more connected, engaged and motivated to do their best work for the company. This will do wonders for your employee retention numbers as well.
Ultimately…what your employees have to say and listening to them, will very much impact your bottom line!
Show your workers that they’re contributing toward something genuine and that their contribution makes a significant difference.
When your employees feel connected and engaged and the ideas within the company aren’t coming from a top-down process, they will be doing their best work for the organization possible.
How do you show your employees you are listening?
Dave Baney is the founder and CEO of 55 Questions, LLC and author of "The 3x5 Coach: A Practical Guide to Coaching Your Team for Greater Results and Happier People", which is now available in Paperback or a Kindle version at https://tinyurl.com/y8ecykfy