Your employees are your most important assets; it is to your benefit to invest in them.
Engaging your employees as collaborators can help them reach their potential while helping your business achieve its strategic goals both long and short term. The first step of creating and cultivating a collaborative culture in your business is to have discussions with each employee, aiming to understand how their personal goals and aspiration align with you business plans.
Delegating is a process which makes some people uncomfortable, but as soon as you’ve ensured that your employees have a deep understanding of your core values, your procedures, your short and long term goals as well as the skills and expertise to successfully complete the tasks needed, it can be very liberating indeed. Maintaining a certain degree of freedom within clear boundaries, coupled with regular feedback makes people feel trusted and appreciated, which is an essential part of making your employees happy and productive.
Having clear discussions with your employees on what is expected of them may seem obvious but it is often taken for granted. Not giving clear guidelines about outcomes expected of your employees may cause numerous problems and misunderstanding, and at the end of the day it raises questions about accountability as nobody knows who is responsible for the tasks that need to be completed.
Motivating your employees and helping them to reach their potential is key. Collaboration, clear communication, mutual understanding and common values and aspirations are all fundamental ingredients for fulfilling your business goals.