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Keeping Employees on Task

In my last few blogs I’ve talked about value, mediocrity, motivation and the impact all three have on both businesses as well as employees. However, to ensure company motivation is high, value is proven and mediocrity is never an option – team members must be on task.

Why is it so important for employees to be task oriented? Because task orientation is the key driver in productivity and a simple way to garner results – improving motivation and providing value. So, as a leader, how do you keep your staff on task?

Big Picture Meetings – once a month, we host a companywide meeting to discuss all “big picture” items. What does this mean? It means that we talk about various projects, challenges, successes and brainstorm ways to improve what we are doing. For team members it is important, as it is easy to get sidetracked into your specific division or group. Also, discussing big picture ideas gives employees the opportunity to ask themselves if what they are doing task wise is supporting the bigger picture.

Weekly Meetings – aside from big picture meetings, we ask our management team to meet with their staff once a week. It gives all staff– managers and junior level team members the opportunity to discuss specific challenges related to their department’s projects, to talk through tasks for the week and to connect to ensure they are providing value to clients.

Goal Setting – goal setting is vitally important. However, it only works if the goals that are set are lofty yet attainable. Setting unrealistic goals can lead to disappointment, frustration and ultimately make employees feel like they’ve failed. By setting lofty yet achievable goals, team members have something to work to; something to stay motivated for and once achieved something to say the provided value to.

Accessibility – as a leader, it is important to make yourself available to your staff to help them achieve their goals. As I mentioned in one of my last blogs, I have one hour a week that I implement an open-door policy. Any Tek team member can come in and discuss his or her challenges and successes. In doing this, it allows employees to feel empowered to stay on task and to reach their goals. Nothing is taboo in these meetings, anything can be discussed.

Tracking Progress – after goals are set, it is important to track an employee’s progress. This lends itself to setting lofty yet achievable goals. By tracking an employee’s progress you are able to determine their strengths and weaknesses and help them in areas they need to improve.

How do you keep your employees on track? Share with us in the comments below.

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