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How Is Visibility of Employees Essential for Their Engagement?
Posted by Insightlink on 12/14/20
To some people, visibility in public is like a natural trait. They seem like they know everyone, knowing everybody's names and small details about their personal life. Others tend to keep in the background and work diligently. They may feel uneasy or even frightened when they need to appear in the spotlight. There are many different explanations for these differences – personality type, cultural background, personal experience. What they have in common is that they all need to be acknowledged by their coworkers and managers.
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Acknowledging your workers
Various research and personal experience state repeatedly how being visible to your coworkers and higher-ups are essential for overall happiness and engagement with work. It helps with various aspects of the job, such as:
We talked about the value of visibility in general, but what about the engagement? Here are some tips on how you can improve your employees' engagement by increasing their visibility.
Talking about your team
Simon Sinek states that "Leaders eat last." Make sure you point out your team's contribution to the company. When they did extra work to finish the project, always state when they went above and beyond the line of their job. Mention their names and point out their skills and specialties. Recommend them for promotion when the opportunity arises. That way, you make them more visible to others and let them feel valued and appreciated.
Be a supportive leader
Do not just talk about your team – talk to them as well. Research shows that in 21% of Australian workplaces, only senior managers know performance targets. Give feedback and encourage them to step out of the comfort zone. Send them to conferences, training, and meetings with other departments. Ask for their opinion and suggestions on current work assignments. Offer them to lead company meetings so that others may hear them. Each employee has its strengths and weaknesses, so try to be assertive in the performance review. The use of time and attendance software in Australia can help immensely with that. By encouraging them to be visible, you are supporting their growth, and they will become not just better in their job but learn the role of leader.
Make them part of the onboarding process
Starting a new job can be stressful even for people with experience under their belt. So, allow your employees to help with the onboard process. Let them be "buddies" for new employees and help them adapt to the new environment. You are giving them a chance to become more visible, as new people tend to bond with people who welcome them and help them join the company.
Chance meeting can help
When meeting or gathering various departments, employees tend to sit close to someone they know and have a positive connection. Challenge them by either randomly assigning seats to everybody or by mixing departments. It allows people to meet other coworkers that they will rarely have the chance to meet in everyday activities. They can make new connections, learn what other departments are doing, and become more visible to others.
Create opportunities for them to shine
Face-to-face meetings are always welcome, even in the face of a pandemic. Creating an opportunity for your team members to meet its CEO improves their visibility to the higher-ups. Some companies create these opportunities by organizing "lunch with the CEO." This activity enables individual employees to directly contact the management and share their ideas and thoughts about their work. It also opens the possibility for the administration to learn what is happening on the ground, the employees' mood, and problems that may arise in the future.
The key to building visibility is one word – authenticity. Encourage your employees to show their strengths and work on their weaknesses so that they become the best possible version of themselves. In no time, you will have a crew ready to tackle any challenge, no matter how hard it may seem.
Where does your company stand on each of the critical "4Cs" of employee engagement and satisfaction?
How many of each do you have?
AboutInsightlink Communications are experts in employee survey design, data collection and analysis. Since 2001 we've helped companies of all sizes measure and improve their employee satisfaction and engagement.
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