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With employee retention becoming a major focus for companies, employers have been exploring various ways to keep the talent they currently have. Employee performance plays a large part in the success of an organization’s ability to achieve its goals. However, some managers can find it difficult to motivate and improve some of their employees’ performances.

While the strategy and approach may vary based on industry and individual needs, we’ve gathered some key ways that you can develop and improve your current employee performance to make your team feel inspired and supported at work.

Match Tasks to Skills

Simply put, Asking your employees to be great at everything just isn’t efficient. Being aware of your individual team member’s behaviors and skill sets and building around that can boost confidence and maximize efficiency. If your one team member is extroverted and well-spoken, concentrate on assigning them tasks where they may fare better in public speaking for presentations. If another team member is more analytical and detail oriented, perhaps assigning them to projects that require focus will suit them better.

Train and Develop Your Team

In some cases, certain team members may look to boost specific skills that they may feel they are lacking in. Implementing a training program to help ease employees into their roles is a great way for them to gain confidence and get a better understanding of their position. The training could then build into additional employee development programs such as workshops, conferences, and professional retreats. This investment into employee development builds a positive culture of loyalty and engagement that, in turn, will likely increase employee retention and improve the efficiency of your team in their respective departments.

Celebrate & Reward Wins

It’s always good to spread positivity in the workplace. That’s why the importance of celebrating the accomplishments from those in your team goes a long way in the overall success of the organization. Taking time to congratulate your team members for their work will make them feel valued and appreciated for all their efforts and push them to perform consistently. Wins can be celebrated in a variety of ways, from a simple handwritten note to treating the company to an in-office catered lunch. Other options include gift cards to their favorite store as well as offering free or discounted snacks from their office micro market or pantry.

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Communicate Effectively

Communication is one of (if not the most) important aspects to any successful business. Modern methods of communication have made it easier than ever to communicate with our teammates compared to previous generations. Despite this, even emails have become a task in itself to handle. According to a report from McKinsey & Company, around 28% of the average workweek is spent reading and answering emails. Luckily, many companies have streamlined their in-office communication by using team communication apps like Slack, Discord, and Microsoft Teams. This format allows team members to communicate more quickly as compared to having a long email chain that can take extended periods of time between responses. Of course, the benefit of voice-to-voice communication is always available as a simple phone call can alleviate the stress of back-and-forth messaging and emails.

Give Feedback

The importance of feedback sets the foundation for progress in your organization. Creating performance reviews allow you to measure employee performance and establish an understanding of how they are performing in comparison to your expectations. Comparatively, highlighting where they are exceeding expectations can prove to be encouraging to their work outlook. In return, you should offer your employees an opportunity to provide feedback on how you can lead or support them to improve your performance. This transparency between employee and manager boosts trust and communication that pays dividends overall for the output of the company.

If you want to learn more about what the qualities of a good employee are, check out our blog that goes in-depth about the qualities that make an employee stand out. The Corporate Essentials team is ready to provide your team with the necessary services to fuel a positive culture that will make your team happy. Contact us to elevate your employee break room offerings at your New York, Manhattan or New Jersey workplace.

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Judson Kleinman

As the founder and CEO of Corporate Essentials, Judson set out with every intention of bringing a new meaning to the words "office culture". As leaders in the industry, his company constantly sets the bar by investing in, and improving their product offerings, technology, people and training. 20 years and 1500 clients later, Judson can proudly say that Corporate Essentials continues to positively fuel culture and allow over 150,000 employees to work happy.