Quick Tips #15: Five Ways to Help Your Employees Fall in Back in Love with Their Jobs
Written by Injoy Global Co-Founder & COO, Jeff Baietto on June 19, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis has impacted many workers’ ability to feel passionate about their jobs. Faced with a totally new environment, the added distractions of working from home and the lack of separation between office and home life, employees can begin lose the affection they once had for their occupations.
This can grow into a problem, as workers who no longer enjoy their roles are unlikely to perform very well. As a leader of your company’s culture, you should try to address it right away – instead hoping it will just go away on its own.
While you cannot change their current circumstances, there are definite things your company can do to help your employees rekindle the flame. Here are five tips you can start using right away.
1. Encourage Your Employees to Focus on Their Strengths – most jobs feature tasks employees dislike – and tasks they utterly adore. It should come as no surprise that the more employees work on the parts of the job that they love, the more they will love their jobs.
If possible, shift their assignments so they can focus on their preferred roles. Be sure to compliment them whenever they do a good job – whether it’s their favorite part of their work or not. And watch the love return.
2. Listen to Your Team – solicit their feedback and encourage them to express themselves honestly. No one wins if a worker is unhappy. Open the conversation with empathy – and then listen carefully to their responses.
Remember, most employees will be reluctant to voice any overt dissatisfaction with their job to their superiors. But if you sense any loss of enthusiasm, ask them what could be done to improve their circumstances – and then act on that feedback.
3. Encourage Their Ideas, Inputs and Innovations – Welcoming – and implementing – new business ideas advanced by your employees will give them a greater sense of ownership in your company – and your ultimate outcome.
Solicit their opinions about changes your company could make that would benefit everyone – including your customers. Your employees just might be sitting on a great new idea that could pay off handsomely.
4. Reward Employees for Their Hard Work – Remote work can be tough for some people. It can lead some employees to feel like they are working in some far-off, distant space where no one knows – or much cares – about what they are doing.
A great leader ensures that employees never feel forgotten – and that their hard work never goes unnoticed. Celebrating their victories publicly – or giving them extra perks, bonuses – or even promotions – can remind them of their importance – and help re-spark their passion.
5. Help Them Stay in Touch with their Co-workers – This is critically important in our remote environment. For many people, the people with whom they work are what they love most about their jobs. Many become lifelong friends, trusted members of their networks – and valued comrades in arms.
Unfortunately, these connections will begin to fade when people no longer interact face-to-face. Which is why many companies employ a remote culture enhancement tool like Injoy Global’s Culti-Vate Culture Reinforcement Platform.
Such a tool can help co-workers stay connected - reinforce their shared values – and strengthen their relationships. This will improve their outlook – and remind them of why they loved their job in the first place.
The new remote working world brought about by COVID-19 has been a challenge to every company. But we firmly believe that those with a positive corporate culture will emerge with a distinct competitive advantage over companies that simply took their cultures for granted during this time.
We’ll get through this.
P.S. Please share your own tips or suggestions on what you are doing with your teams in the comments below. -- Jeff Baietto, COO + Co-Founder