As an HR representative, you’re responsible for nurturing a culture of support for your staff. You can increase employee satisfaction and reduce turnover by taking an active role in helping employees reach company and career goals. When employees don’t feel supported in their goals they become disengaged and, even worse, will look for better opportunities. Below are four tried and true methods for helping employees set and achieve goals.
Reinforce your company’s mission
Keep employees honed in on their goals throughout the year by reinforcing your company’s mission. How does that employee’s goal contribute to the success of the organization? How will everyone in the company benefit when the employee achieves their goal? Strong leaders emphasize to their team why their goals make an impact on the company as a whole. While specific goals are great, it’s important not to lose sight of the big picture.
Communicate with your team
Communication is a key element of setting and knocking goals out of the park. Communication is a two-way street between you and the employee. Implement an open-door policy that encourages a consistent flow of communication between you and staff. This way you can listen to their ideas, opinions and feedback. Conduct routine check-ins and allow your team the opportunity to come and talk to you. Be open and approachable in your tone and body language. This will tell your employees they have a genuine stake in the business which will motivate them to achieve better results.
Foster a healthy work environment
Employees are more likely to feel motivated and engaged in a positive work environment. This concept carries over when working remotely. One of the perks of remote work is flexibility and control over work hours. But as an HR representative, you need to outline what “work hours” means. You also need to ensure your staff doesn’t conflate flexibility with absence. If a team member is sick, they still need to notify their supervisor, like they would in an office setting. On the flip side, working remotely can stir up feelings of loneliness or isolation for your team members. Schedule regular check-ins with your staff and lookout for signs of employee burnout. Consider offering an EAP to all employees who need extra support.
Inside the office, take stock of your surroundings. Is this an enjoyable space to work in? Is this an office where your employees want to spend their time? Encourage healthy habits by replacing the donuts in the break room for healthy snacks and access to exercise like a gym membership or a weekly team exercise class. By promoting healthy habits and inviting space, you can help your staff maintain their energy levels and reduce stress. Office perks and upgrades show your team they’re appreciated and inspire them to do their best work.
Offer opportunities for advancement
Employees feel like an asset when they’re learning and honing their skills. Provide employees opportunities for growth and development. These opportunities should be tailored specifically to suit the individual employee like additional training, acquiring new certifications, or even investing your own time mentoring someone. Focus on teaching your team transferable skills they can carry over to different positions and encourage them to set learning goals. Most importantly, make it easy for employees to discover and enroll in these professional development opportunities.
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