Employee Engagement Thrives in a Culture of Confidence
Is there a connection between employee engagement and a strong culture of confidence? And if so, how can organizational leaders increase the confidence that employees have?
A leading expert on company culture, Joshua M. Evans, shared with Thrive Global how important a culture of confidence is to the employee experience -- and the bottom line.
TEDx programmer, organizational development specialist, international speaker and bestselling author are just of a few of Evans’ claim to fame. He has spent more than a decade studying organizational cultures, with a particular focus on those that consistently rank high with employees.
Evans shares that leaders who take a 'servant' approach to leadership tend to have the happiest and more engaged teams. When employees see the human side of their leaders, they begin to see themselves reflected in certain behaviors, such as being approachable and considering employee ideas.
One study advises that, “86% of employees at strong cultures feel their senior leadership listens to employees, compared with 70% of employees at non-winning cultures.”
The best leaders seek out ways to create a culture of confidence and well-being for their employees, which can include many facets. Imagine the power of having a team of confident employees who are ready to tackle any obstacle because they are fully supported by their leaders? This is why top organizations have processes in place that encourage open communication.
If confidence is so important, how can leadership boost confidence and morale in employees? Here are four suggestions to consider:
- Providing rewarding and interesting work assignments. People who are in jobs that they love are much more apt to stick around. An employee who feels that his or her skills are being honored also feels confident and happy.
- Develop good relationships between employees and supervisors. We all know that employees who have a negative experience with their boss are more likely to disconnect and lose confidence in the organization as a whole. By making an effort to improve relationships, your company can also increase confidence and morale.
- Offer opportunities to do good in the world. There are a growing number of employees who want to do more with their time than just some meaningless tasks. They want to make a real difference and leave their mark on the world. Ryan Scott, Forbes contributor says, “Millennials want to volunteer together and feel connected through a shared passion for their company’s cause work, ideally through initiatives that help their surrounding community.”
- Give employees a safe communication channel. When employees have difficult things to discuss, they may not always feel comfortable doing so with their immediate supervisor. Instead, give employees the opportunity to communicate with a member of leadership in a discreet and anonymous way. This can increase their confidence that they will be listened to and taken seriously.
In the present business climate, employees are increasingly requiring a personalized approach to management. They expect leaders to understand their needs, goals, and what makes them the happiest. When leaders use a more relatable style they can maintain a positive connection with employees that makes a strong culture of confidence.
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