Passion in the Ranks

Your business is successful, and you’re passionate about what you do, but how can you inspire that same passion in your employees?  Build up your team – feeling valued and needed encourages people to act at ease with themselves as well as their co-workers, employers, and clients. It’s a surefire way to create passion, caring, and excitement among the team.  Here are three essential keys to get you started.

Communication:  Your employees need to know your mission, your goals, and your expectations, as well as your support and appreciation. And that requires effective communication – an essential in every industry.  What constitutes true communication?

  • Active listening – giving 100% of your attention to the person who is speaking.
  • Nonverbal communication – paying attention to your body language, eye contact, facial expression, voice tone, etc. when you talk to employees.
  • Clarity – learning to say/write enough to get the point across and when to stop. Rambling – in both verbal and written form – detracts the receiver from the central
  • Confidence – When you are confident in your communication, your employees are quicker to trust your insight and adopt your goals and passions.
  • Respect – It’s that golden rule thing. Treat your employees the way you want to be treated – with respect. Invite their feedback and listen to it with an open mind.

Appreciation: It’s a vital component to building passion in your workforce. Everyone yearns to be valued as a person with thoughts and ideas. As Sammi Caramela, B2B staff writer puts it,

“Anyone can perform a task at work knowing the reward is a salary. However, passion and hard work often stem from affirmations employees hear from their boss or manager. Workers don’t just crave a paycheck — they want recognition, verbal appreciation, and encouragement.”

From handwritten notes, small gifts, and praise among peers, to employee recognition award programs, and whole-team or whole-company events, there is a multitude of ways to show your employees that you genuinely appreciate them and recognize their contribution to company goals.

Employee Growth: If you want your company to grow, encourage your employees to grow.

  • Encourage professional growth through continued education, certification, conferences, etc. via financial assistance programs. Put a priority on cross-training and skill development.
  • Encourage personal growth by presenting opportunities for your workforce to participate in volunteer activities, mentoring programs, and networking events.
  • Strive for upward mobility – when positions open, look to your employees first. Moving someone up and then hiring new for their vacated position sends a message of confidence and value to the entire staff.

Of course, connecting with best-fit talent is foundational to all of the above.  Whether you need temporary, temp-to-hire, or direct-hire staffing services, Springborn Staffing is your Maine source for top talent. Contact us today and discover why we are Maine’s leading staffing company.


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