By: Kathy Kent Toney, CEO & Founder of Kent Business Solutions
Who would have dreamed before 2020 that we would be experiencing all the challenges these days? And with The Great Resignation in full swing, business leaders are up to their eyeballs in even more challenges!
With so much uncertainty on the horizon, how can these leaders increase employee satisfaction and engagement to help prevent their employees from finding greener pastures?
Here are four things that can help:
1. Reinforce How Important Your Employees are to the Company
Most people crave a sense of belonging and want to make a difference. Employees that see a direct linkage between what they do and how it impacts the organization and society, in general, will be more inspired and productive.
Companies that can step back from their everyday way of doing business to assess how they can make explicit connections between individuals, their jobs, and the organizational purpose/mission will often come out ahead.
2. Offer More Opportunities to Employees
Many organizations have been guilty of placing workers in roles based on what they've always done in the past because it's a tried-and-true approach. Many of these employees feel pigeon-holed and frustrated by this. Countless employees are capable of so much more!
Now is not the time to pull back on workforce development efforts! Organizations now can re-evaluate how they encourage and offer more opportunities for employees to fulfill their potential. Companies that do this have a greater chance of building a more resilient workforce that can more effectively weather difficult times.
3. Lighten Your Employees' Workloads Through Technology
The pandemic challenged the idea that machines can completely replace humans, evidenced by many non-essential robotics-based factories that shut down for weeks on end. Interactions between workers and machines are much more powerful together than on their own.
Organizations that embrace the idea of finding ways to integrate teams of employees and technologies will be the most successful in the long run. They'll not only be able to streamline costs but provide more significant meaning for the workforce.
4. Expand Knowledge Creation & Sharing
Starting with the pandemic, people's hunger for information reached epic proportions. Could there be a way to carry over a thirst for knowledge and translate it to running a business more effectively?
The answer is "yes ." Companies can encourage a culture where knowledge creation and sharing are everyday occurrences. That way, when valuable employees walk out the door, all the knowledge they have accumulated in their brains doesn't walk out with them.
If you want to grow in any of these areas, I would love to help! I am fascinated with ensuring a more seamless experience between the two, emphasizing IT systems and Artificial Intelligence.
And if you're not already aware, I am partnered with someone to help with that!
In a previous LinkedIn article about Accelerate, Michael Cantu' talked about this. We work together to help companies who want to prepare their organizations for success—to streamline and automate their business processes to increase efficiency and profitability.
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