Employee engagement is a highly-talked-about topic. Everyone has their own ideas about what works. But whatever you think about employee engagement, you should know that confidence is important.
Employees with a healthy level of confidence can achieve new goals and develop bigger and better ideas. A staff that feels confident is more engaged and can be more productive. Unfortunately, just as confidence can be built, it also can fade away.
According to one workplace expert, the most common reason employees lose confidence is because of a bad relationship with the boss. Negative peer relationships at work can damage confidence, but since leaders play a critical part in an employee’s future, they have the greatest impact on confidence levels.
The good news is that employees’ confidence is something you can change and preserve, with a little influence.
So, how can leaders build and maintain confidence among the members of their team? There are several approaches, but here are four we’ve outlined for this blog:
- Align responsibilities with capabilities. It’s important employees are set up for success. Find out what their strengths are and then align their responsibilities with those talents for optimum results.
- Acknowledge success. Don’t assume people know you appreciate their work; tell them. It’s a nice reminder every once in a while, not to mention a simple motivator, especially if a respected leader in the organization is giving recognition.
- Embrace innovation. Your employees have wonderful ideas; encourage them to share. Paycom’s chief operating officer started an initiative called the Paycom Innovation Awards. Although she does a good job of consistently recognizing and encouraging creative thinking, the awards offered extra incentive. Employees presented many ideas and were judged on a set of criteria. The very best took home a prize and, to this day, have their names etched on a plaque for everyone to admire.
- Identify people’s talents and find ways to use them. There is more to people than meets the eye. For example, there is a webmaster on our team. He’s great at what he does and he’s also quite the artist. His illustrations elevate our blog and make it unique. Find out what employees are passionate about doing and find ways to use these skills at work.
Leaders who are committed to building their teams are far more successful in gaining the respect they desire. A respected leader backed by a confident team is the key to great results. Making a conscious effort to improve confidence among employees is a good investment. In fact, it could make a big difference in your organization’s long-term stability.