Do you ever wonder what your employees are really thinking? Conducting an employee survey can provide you with insights on a variety of issues within your company such as pay and benefit compensation, opinions on working conditions, employee engagement, or the quality of a supervisor. To gain the most from your employee survey, consider the following points:
1. Focus your topic: Know what you are looking for and keep your survey focused on those issues. Don't try and cover all elements of the workplace in one survey.
2. Consider the questions: Keep your questions clear and concise. Ask only what you have the power to change.
3. Commit: Publish the results and make a realistic promise to your staff that you will do what you can do address the survey results. Communicate your progress as it is made and be up front and honest with your staff if you are unable to solve problems and explain why.
A well thought out and implemented employee survey can provide you with a wealth of information and insight regarding your employees perceptions of the workplace. Just the fact that you conducted an employee survey sends a message to your employees that you value their opinions.
Successful leaders are lifelong learners. These are leaders who view gathering information as just as important as eating and breathing. These are leaders who understand that learning is essential to developing new ideas that directly impact business growth and also impact the development of their team members. There are many different forms to learning, below are a few examples that may interest you:
1. Listen: With technology at our fingertips there are many different ways to get information such as YouTube videos, podcasts, webinars, and audio books. Not sure where to start? Google a topic of interest to you and listen to it on your way to work.
2. Ask & Engage: Next time you are at a presentation, ask questions and engage in the conversation. Engaging with speakers allows your brain to problem solve from a different viewpoint.
3. Refresh: Think about the last time you took a class in school. How much do you remember from that Excel or Marketing class? Taking a refresher course is a great way to fine tune skills that may have gotten lost along the way.
Pushing yourself to continue to learn requires dedication, time, and a change in your daily habits. Those who don't continuously push themselves to learn new activities or skills become stagnant in the work place and over time, find it difficult to bring new and creative ideas to the table. Take the time to invest in yourself, it pays off in the end.
Long-term success in any business requires that staff continue learning. Most companies provide ongoing education for their employees; however, sometimes miss the mark by not focusing on what truly matters. When it comes to ongoing training for your employees, consider the following:
1. Make it relevant: What are the current issues your employees are facing? Employees are more motivated to learn if you can help them solve a current problem. Offer a program that will solve your employees most immediate and important problems.
2. Make it helpful: Once you have uncovered the problems you need to address, provide real-life situations and solutions. Focus on the outcome you are looking for and provide practical steps or tactics on how to get there.
3. Make it real: Develop a detailed, realistic program for your training. This requires planning. Ensure that what you are presenting is not just based on theory but is reasonable and attainable for your staff. Do you have the infrastructure to support the changed behavior you are looking for?