Written by Anna Bernstein on 11 Nov 2014
As a manager, it is your responsibility and duty to draw the best performance from your team; whilst also maintaining strong employee retention . One sure fire way to ensure both goals are achieved is to increase job satisfaction amongst your team. But don’t be fooled into thinking this only means pay rises. Job satisfaction is more than a monetary value. It is the feeling you gain from genuine appreciation, respect and reward. It is the continuous development and support of your career. It is a sense of belonging and contentment - and no monetary figure can substitute it.
So as a manager it’s important to understand the need to develop and nurture the individuals of your team. This post looks at ways in which you can improve that satisfaction within your own team.
A good manager knows the individuals in their team. They familiarise themselves with each individuals skills, their personalities, their ambitions as well as their strengths and weaknesses. We believe this to be one of the most important and vital parts of a manager’s role, because the information that you learn from your team members can be used to great advantage and benefit.
Personal development is a huge factor in achieving job satisfaction. It is therefore important that you provide or at the least offer the opportunity for personal development and improvement . It’s important to remember that not all training courses, workshops and presentations will be applicable to every member of your team. Everyone differs in their level of knowledge and experience, as well as their strengths and weaknesses. This is why, as a manager, it’s a big advantage to take the time to get to know the individuals within your team.
Offering and presenting opportunities that allow individuals to further develop and improve their own skill set not only helps them to progress and take control of their own career, it will deliver a sense of achievement and reward; which is core in creating job satisfaction.
Following on from the point above, creating the opportunity for personal development also shows your support and encouragement of your team. Feeling supported and being encouraged to be your best, is a major driving factor in obtaining job satisfaction.
Support and encouragement in the work place can come in many forms, from a simple thank you for delivering a strong piece of work, to being trusted with an important assignment. Each member of your team is different and will react differently to different forms of support and encouragement. By taking the time to regularly catch up and further know your team, you can tailor your support and encouragement to suit each team member.
Everybody loves to be recognised and rewarded for their hard work and achievements. Recognition and rewards work in two ways; they create an instant sense of pride and achievement, and they give us something to aim for, which drives us to achieve again and again.
Again, not everybody is driven by the same rewards. Where a monetary bonus may be the ideal reward for a younger member of your team, an added day’s holiday may be more appealing to those that have family.
Spend time getting to know your team, nurture them and help them to develop by supporting and encouraging their progression and recognise and reward when they achieve- follow this and not only will your team help you achieve your goals, they will stick by you too.
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