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To improve performance, build trust, communication

Creating employee incentive programs could help improve the communication between managers and employees to build a more supportive environment.

Employee engagement is not something that is built quickly or easily. Unfortunately, many companies fail to create the right environments to bring out the best in their workers.

Fast Company reported that firms often rely too heavily on their annual review processes to provide the feedback employees need to develop new skills, overcome weaknesses and become actively engaged in their career development. Creating employee incentive programs could help improve the communication between managers and employees to build a more supportive environment.

Regular feedback provides clarity of expectations and allows managers to address performance problems with clear action plans. Incorporating rewards and performance measures into these initiatives could increase team performance and establish trust – one of the key factors to improving staff engagement, the Economic Times reported.

"Transparent communication between management and staff is the key to developing trust at the workplace," Subhashish Das, vice president of HR and personnel at Berger Paints, told the source. "Hence, as an organization, an environment should be created where an opportunity is given to employees to voice their opinions."

Employees need to trust their supervisors and senior level executives to make the best decisions for their organizations. The open lines of communication provide the means for leaders to do as they promise and prove they are looking out for employees' best interests. Creating a culture of honesty, respect and open dialogue could bolster workers' trust in their supervisors, which may encourage employees to make the effort to improve their own performance.

A BlessingWhite study found that overseeing effective sales incentive programs and other career development initiatives could help facilitate trust  at an organization-wide level. Helping workers succeed in their roles and learn new skills increases job satisfaction and career optimism among staff, which can also cultivate trust in management. The additional levels of trust will open lines of dialogue, bolstering communication and facilitating employee engagement.

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