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Methods to hone the madness: 7 tips for increased morale

How to attract, engage and retain the best team players


We live in an era of constant change. We are always evolving, be it houses, wardrobes, electronics, partners or jobs. Colorado is, more and more, on the cutting edge of business innovation. With so many wonderful opportunities in various fields, it is a competitive market to find the best employees.

Incorporate the following seven methods to attract, engage and retain the best employees possible for your organization:

  1. Create a culture that makes people want to work for you. First, clearly define what you company culture looks like. This makes sure everyone is on the same page and knows what to expect. Generate an environment where people are excited to come to work. When employees want to be there, they give better performance. Model the culture to create the best results.
  2. Put your employees first. Build employee loyalty by putting your staff first. When they bring up personal conflicts with their work schedule, meet it with flexibility. Life happens and failing to create another burden for your employees will be recognized with respect from them. Address them with understanding and compassion. They will be more invested in the company and its mission because of it.
  3. Get to know your employees. Treat your employees with the respect they deserve. They are more than the job they do from 9 to 5. Learn their names and details about their lives. Just like you, they seek positive personal experiences in work and life. Discover their hobbies and interests and discuss it with them. Harbor relationships of respect with your employees and you will see more commitment to the job they do.
  4. Opportunities for growth. Everyone views their job as a stepping stone to somewhere else. Make that next step one within your own company. To do this, you must create opportunities for growth within the organization. Improve employee engagemehttp://www.cobizmag.com/Articles/Best-of-CoBiz-Five-great-ways-to-keep-employees-engaged/nt by supporting and encouraging your staff to reach for that next goal. Invest in your employees by encouraging continued education and mentorships. If able, you can go as far as financially supporting continuing education programs and workshops.
  5. Work hard, play hard. Every successful company has a team of hardworking and dedicated professionals. Behind this hard work is enough time allotted for fun and rest that will have your staff operating at peak performance. Integrate leisure experiences with your employees to ‘lessen the load’ and promote bonding. Stepping away from the office will increase productivity in the long run.
  6. Transparency. Create an open, honest flow of information from management to employees. Facilitate a dynamic that integrates employee input. The more buy-in and involvement employees possess, the more loyalty and commitment they will demonstrate. Keep staff in the know and up-to-date on changes. They are a part of the team, so make them feel like it.  
  7. Respect all around. Always be respectful of those who work for you. They are dedicating their precious time and brain power to your organization, and you owe them respect. Respect comes through simple actions. Say please and thank you, compliment a job well done, don’t interrupt them, and resolve conflicts peacefully. Most importantly, use good listening skills and never gossip. Keep a positive attitude with it all and you will see reciprocal respect in the workplace.

As the employer, you want to have an involved staff that feels appreciated by the company. The upcoming era of employees values projects with a purpose and an environment that invests in them. These employees and their innovative outlook expect companies’ changing policies and procedures to be in tune with their desires. Hop aboard to retain your workforce and engage employees in your organization. 

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Mary Wong

Mary Wong is the president of the Office Depot Foundation, the 501(c)(3) independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot, Inc.

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