3 ways to make your organisation more open and connectedMunira Rangwala
You require more than just open-floor plans and social media to connect with your employees and to encourage them to communicate with one another. Getting your employees excited about brainstorming new ideas and solving problems can seem like an impossible task, but it's really not that difficult. When companies motivate their employees to bring their best to work, it benefits the business as well as its workers in the long run. Communication is a two-way street. As an entrepreneur, you can start with respecting and trusting their employees, and those working for you will respond in kind with their commitment and enthusiasm. Here are three simple ways in which you can make your organisation more open and connected:
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Value your employees
Your employees need to believe that they are treasured and respected by their employers irrespective of the position they hold in your company and how well they do their job. When those working under you feel like they are more important than your vendors, customers, and everybody else, they will take the initiative to prove their worth to you. You can show your employees that you respect them in several ways. You can do this by respecting their opinion, their time, their work ethics, and so much more. Your employees are bound to return the dignity you show them with reverence of their own. They will also start to view their jobs as something more than just a means to an end.
Encourage them to talk back to you
If you plan to run a business by bullying and intimidating those who work under you, you are bound to fail sooner or later. Threatening your employees with a pink slip or a pay cut for every small mistake they make is no way to run a successful business. You may not realise this in the beginning, but fear will cause your employees to contribute less to your organisation in the long run. Instead, create a safe haven where your employees won't be afraid to try new ideas. Encourage those under you to talk back to you as this might make you see things through a perspective you might have not considered before.
Don't withhold information
There was a time when managers used to pass down selective information to their employees, but that time is long gone. In today's day and age, employees recognise that information is power and they appreciate complete and unfettered communication by those occupying positions of seniority. When entrepreneurs maintain transparency about what's happening and the place that each employee holds within the company, they encourage their employees to give all they have to the organisation. Holding back of information breeds distrust and disloyalty amongst employees and it can do more harm than good to a company.
Communication is important for any business regardless of its size and what it sells. Try the above mentioned three methods to make your organisation more open and connected.