Improving employee performance and job satisfaction

Improving employee performance and job satisfaction

Improving employee performance and job satisfaction

The best-performing companies know that an employee engagement improvement strategy linked to the achievement of corporate goals will help them win in the marketplace.

Employee performance

Performance objectives are an amazingly effective management technique for improving employee performance and job satisfaction. Why? Because … research shows us that:

  • When employees have clear objectives with effective measures their performance improves
  • Team members who know what’s expected of them are found to be both more productive and profitable with higher satisfaction ratings than those who don’t
  • Employees who reported feeling lack of any real commitment to their job, gave the main reason for this as not knowing what was expected of them

High Performance Organizations

Don’t assume that your employees know what’s expected of them

Don’t make the mistake many managers make by assuming your employees know what’s expected of them. Perhaps they should… but they often don’t:

  • Your employees will struggle to give you what you want if they are unclear about your expectations. This causes so much frustration in the workplace, time and again one hear unhappy employees say, “I just want to know what my boss wants from me. Why doesn’t he/she just tell me?”
  • By agreeing on performance objectives with your employees you’re putting the foundation stones in place to ensure effective employee management. Without them you’ll struggle to give your employees the feedback they want and indeed, need.

Tied to larger organizational ambitions

For targets to be meaningful and effective in motivating employees, they must be tied to larger organizational ambitions. Employees who don’t understand the roles they play in company success are more likely to become disengaged. No matter what level the employee is at, he should be able to articulate exactly how his efforts feed into the broader company strategy.

Do remember that there is a fine line between good stretch targets, which can energize an organization, and bad ones, which can dampen morale.

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Torben Rick

Experienced senior executive, both at a strategic and operational level, with strong track record in developing, driving and managing business improvement, development and change management. International experience from management positions in Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.

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