At one point in my career, I was not involved in my company’s growth. I went to work, not because I loved my job, but because it was the right thing to do. Well, in my defense, I had my reasons, just like every disengaged employee.
But to my company, employee disengagement is not a laughing matter. It’s like a bad cold that spreads around within the organization. It’s a problem that affects growth and culture, and becomes difficult to fix over time.
However, with goal setting, good communication and effective performance review, a company can easily turn things around.
The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb
Here are 4 methods you can try out to have an engaged, healthy and productive workforce. Do this to boost your company’s growth.
It is commonly said, if you fail to plan, you have planned to fail. If you don’t set clear goals, you can’t know where you are going and measure your level of success.
If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there. — Lewis Carroll
Goal setting keeps everyone focused on the top priorities of the company. It boosts performance, and increases productivity. Companies should write time-bound goals. Goals that align everyone with the vision and mission.
Manage your goals with OKR (Objective and Key results). OKR is one of the most effective methods used by successful companies like: Google, Intel, Oracle, Twitter, etc.
In OKRs, the objective is what you want to accomplish. The key results are quantitative metrics used to measure the accomplishment of the objective. OKR is transparent and public. To know more about OKR, read this : Boost your startup growth with OKR
A weekly check-in is a productivity method that helps monitor daily actions. A simple survey that provides an opportunity to identify, prevent and fix issues in real time.
The answers to the survey become guides for 1:1 sessions between managers and employees. With weekly check-ins, there are less regular meetings on work progress. They encourage everyone in the company to contribute and have personal planning habits for continuous improvement.
These are examples of questions that can be asked in a weekly check-in:
Feedback is a main key for individual and organizational success, especially when it is specific and given in real time. It allows everyone to contribute and get information that improves the workplace.
Some benefits of feedback are:
There are three kinds of feedback:
A system used to evaluate performance and measure employees’ impact on the organization. The main reason for performance review is to guide an employee to take up bigger objectives.
Performance review should be conducted effectively and in these three ways; self-assessment which is a personal evaluation, peer evaluation which consists in evaluating teammates and finally manager assessment, that allows employees to evaluate their manager.
An effective performance review has many benefits such as:
Performance review is, most importantly, an opportunity to give training when needed.
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