Truth be told, not all jobs are glamorous. Seriously, I'm sure you can think of some jobs that you absolutely wouldn't want to do...ever. There are probably some employees in your company who are struggling to find the value in their jobs. Some jobs just get more fanfare than others. Being a doctor is received as more desirable than flipping burgers at a fast food joint. But both jobs have value, right?
Do all of the jobs on your payroll have value? Absolutely. If not, we need to talk about that. For real email me. We wouldn't spend money for a position that had no value, that contributed nothing to the business. So despite how an employee may feel, their work has value.
It is super important to make sure that they get that. That each and every one of your employees gets that their work is valuable. But I'll say especially the workers who may have the lowest positions because they often aren't told. Why? Because if an employee doesn't think that their work matters, then you get work results that scream "I don't think my work matters." Nobody wants that.
So it is upon us, to clearly show employees that their work matters, it has value and that they contribute greatly to the business. The really good news is that it isn't difficult to do this. There are four really effective ways to accomplish this. And keep reading to the end for a free resource to help you use these tips in your business.
Way #1 Explain to them the value they add to your business
When you're doing the grunt work, the entry level employee, the assistant, the cashier, the janitor it can be hard to see the difference your role makes. You're not the one wearing the suite, making the deals or hold any kind of special education that qualifies you for the job. You're working. And it may not be fulfilling or what you thought you would be when you grew up.
But as a business owner or manager you know that every job on your payroll matters. There are no unimportant jobs. Every job contributes to the growth and success of the company. From the janitor to the waitress to the junior designer they all make a difference. Often times, the lowest paid employees aren't often shown how they contribute or why their role is important.
Take some time to really think (And I mean really, think.) about how the most entry level employees help build your business. Some questions to get you started:
Think through these questions for some of the jobs that maybe don't get the spot light or that aren't so glamorous. Once you gather your thoughts, share them with your employees. Explaining to the employee the value of their job and how their job makes a difference can help them develop a sense of pride in their work. And don't we all want employees that take pride in their work? Yep-yep!
Way #2 Share the big picture with them
You ever had a job where you just plugged along every day being the cog in the machine. But you just kept wondering, what the point of it all was? Yeah, I'm sure that was the job you jumped out of bed excited about starting another day in the machine! Probably not right? While most employees understand that work has to get done, it is also a little inspiring to understand how their job, which may seem mundane fits into the big picture.
Just imagine that you have a data entry specialist. She enters data in the computer for eight hours a day five days a week. Exciting stuff. You want her to have excellent quality, like zero errors, but you also want her to enter a thousand (or, however, many) forms a day. You know that needs to get done because there is some requirement that you have to enter and process the data within a certain amount of time. You understand the cost involved if you don't meet this requirement. (Maybe a fine or something....I'm so making this up but you get the idea.) So you're really motivated to stay on her about quality and productivity.
But if she doesn't know this, why does she care? I understand that keeping her job would be a big motivator but, follow me here. If she knew the why behind the standards that information may have the potential to help her see the data entry job in a whole different way. She's not just entering data into a computer eight hours a day five days a week. She's meeting a government standard. The whole process of what happens to this data depends on the speed at which she can enter data. That's a pretty epic job. She should know that. (Seriously, tell her.)
Way #3 Show them how they can grow
Some employees are happy with where they are. Those employees are awesome and we certainly appreciate them. But other employees may have aspirations to grow within your company. And really why wouldn't want them too? The "how" might be obvious to you. It may very well be really obvious within your company what the next level is and how to get there, but it never hurts to show employees how to grow within your company.
Showing an employee how to grow in the business can look like a lot of different things. It just has to work for you. But some ways to show them might be:
There's no right or wrong way here. If you show your employees how they can grow within your company, you're helping them understand the value of their jobs. And that you value them enough to invest in their career development.
Way #4 Give them feedback....regularly
Believe it or not, employees want regular feedback. And not just the on the fly when they mess up kind of feedback. I'm talking about the come into my office and lets talk about how you're doing at work kind of feedback. Even the lowest paid and most entry level employee should receive performance reviews and scheduled coaching sessions (I call these one-to-one's).
Why spend all this time you ask? I'm glad you did. And surprisingly my answer is rather short. Because it shows that you:
You like how I tied all that together, yes? Anytime. So there you have it my friends, four ways to help your employees see the value of their + some very Pin and IG worthy quotes. (You can also share them on Facebook and Google+ however you feel like passing on to the world.)
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