1. Solicit feedback from your employees
Julie was walking to the water cooler when she suddenly had a thought about how to create significant efficiencies in the sales process. Unfortunately, Julie had no way of communicating her epiphany to company management. Leaving a Great Ideas Dropbox somewhere central in your office is not only a great way of soliciting employee thoughts, but it is also a great way to make your employees feel that their voice truly matters. To level up even farther, we recommend actively asking for your employees' opinion on issues by using a software solution like balloonr!
2. Create a Social Committee
Cultivating informal relationships within the workplace will not only make your employees feel more welcome and excited to be in the workplace but will also help the trust their colleagues. There are a myriad of awesome team-building activities your team can use, but the people most attuned to what will work for your team are people that are already part of it! Consider asking your employees to volunteer for a Social Committee that assumes charge of team-building activities for your company.
3. Embrace your team’s natural talents
Did you know Andreas in Sales has an affinity for creating beautiful Powerpoint presentations. Or that Lucy, our backend developer, was once a championship debater? Try giving your team members time to see how they can go beyond the requirements of their day-to-day job. And if a team member approaches you with an idea of how they can contribute more to the company, certainly listen to them!
There is nothing quite as empowering as hearing the words “I trust you.” Show that you trust your team by sharing company strategy or product blueprints and giving decision-making power to junior members of your team. Google’s Head of People Operations, Laszlo Bock, goes as far to say: "If you’re comfortable with the amount of freedom you’ve given employees, you haven’t gone far enough"
5. Use an employee engagement survey that creates timely data
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, ensure you are getting accurate and actionable feedback from your employees. Running annual or bi-annual engagement surveys is often insufficient to catch problems before they impact the company. We at Wysdom make it a priority to ensure that you are soliciting optimal feedback from your employees that results in timely and actionable methods of improving engagement.