“Never let a client treat your employees badly and if such incident does occur fire the client immediately. It is of most importance that the clients you work with have cultures that naturally sync with yours. A sale is never worth the mistreatment of your employees.”
Creating a Word or PowerPoint Culture reference material and distributing to employees on on-boarding day and briefly talking about it in your Monday morning meeting because you feel your employees are not “getting it” is not going to drive any significant results. Human Resources is not the captain when it comes to engaging employees in the company’s culture. Culture is top management responsibility.
Effective leaders are known to practice and support their culture on a daily basis. They integrate visual controls and visual KPI Metrics so that quality, productivity, cost goals and objectives are visibly clear. To quote Dwight Eisenhower, “They never listen to what I said; they always watch what I do.”
For example, if a Procurement Manager sees the CEO ignoring client calls when the culture document states, “Serve the Client”, it would now seem that the culture document is void because the CEO is not practicing it. The Procurement Manager now thinks its okay to ignore vendors/clients because the CEO does.
Leaders should engage with their employees everyday instead of only appearing when there is a problem. By actively participating in all the departments of the company and listening to employees, leaders can use the Voice of the Employee to identify bottlenecks and improve overall employee satisfaction. They also include all employees in the decision-making process by making strategic plans visual and accessible to all employees; and ensure their actions correspond with the company’s written vision and mission statements.
The fault lies with leadership when the employee does not know what she/he is supposed to do, does not know what is expected of them, has no means to assess if the work is being doing properly, nor has the authority or means to correct the process when something is wrong. Effective leaders know the importance of translating the vision and mission of the company into daily activities. They set realistic goals for their employees and provide timely rewards to those who meet them. And offer educational and training opportunities to enhance their employees’ capabilities.
Great employees want to be challenged and learn new things. To increase employee retention and overall workplace satisfaction rates Human Resources must stay abreast of individual skills, learning capabilities, and industry skill trends.
They should also encourage Managers/Supervisors to offer opportunities that allow employees to further enhance their skills, learn valuable new skills, or pursue interests. In house educational programs and ability to attend related conferences and workshops are a great way to build employee confidence and skills. Human Resources should also check in quarterly with employees to see how they are doing and gain insights into their goals, concerns, workplace bottlenecks, et cetera. This information can be used to match critical variables with other employee data for the purpose of optimizing your Talent Management processes.
By utilizing the Voice of the Employee, Human Resources and Managers should collaborate in surveying and sharing employee information for the purpose of creating in-house educational programs that will enhance employee skills.
Employers that encourage an evergreen learning culture reap the following benefits:
- Increased overall employee satisfaction
- See improved productivity
- Reduced process cycle times
- Improved client satisfaction
- Greater profits
By actively integrating learning opportunities at the workplace employers will not only enhance employee productivity but also yield greater profits. It pays to invest in your employees!