One of the fundamental responsibilities of any manager may be to foster employee commitment. In a sense, managers act like coaches of a sports team – they have to be willing and able to guide, teach, and develop their employees (think "players") to help them to succeed. As a manager, consider these top 10 ways to earn, maintain, and increase commitment from your employees:
- Believe in your employees.
Your employees possess certain skills, knowledge, and experience. Once they have been trained appropriately, let them do the job they were hired to do, knowing that they will do their best. Provide the resources, training, equipment and coaching they need to succeed.
- Be flexible.
Your employees have families, relationships, hobbies, , and other commitments outside of work. Be flexible when possible to accommodate schedule variances due to outside commitments. Remember: consistency and compliance with company policy can be critical to avoiding claims of discrimination.
- Know their strengths and weaknesses.
Be aware of the strengths and weaknesses of each employee. This will enable you to assign tasks that allow them to succeed as well provide a challenge Hiring a diverse workforce can assist in ensuring varied skills and strengths.
- Acknowledge their achievements.
Acknowledge and praise your employees when they complete a task well. Thank them verbally and consider other more tangible rewards. For example, a written thank-you note may help build a relationship of mutual respect.
- Be grateful for their contributions.
Unless proven otherwise, assume your employees are trying their best, even when they don't quite get it right. Thank them for their efforts; coach and train them to do better next time.
- Let them do the work, but don't be afraid to get in the trenches with them.
Empower employees by letting them do their jobs and provide opportunities to enhance their skills. Offer assistance when the going gets tough or they are overwhelmed. Always be willing to assist by doing the same work alongside your employees.
- Emphasize teamwork.
Highlight groups within your business through projects and goals that require teamwork to accomplish. Then reward the teams that do an exceptional job.
- Let them help you.
Don't try to do all the work yourself. Delegate some nitty-gritty and glamorous tasks. Your employees were hired to do a job, so it’s important that you respect their expertise and let them do it. You’ll find you have more time to spend on matters that truly need your attention.
- Talk straight to them.
If there is a problem, let them know you are concerned and discuss ways you can partner to develop a workable solution. The employee will be more likely to take ownership of the problem and solution if given some input in the matter. Listen and try to understand the obstacles to the employee’s success.
Let them grow...and sometimes, let them go.
Encourage your employees to pursue professional growth opportunities. Offer opportunities and challenges to grow. If one day an employee outgrows your organization, part politely and professionally.