How to Cultivate Employee “Ownership”

Some basic tips that could assist in your employees taking ownership their daily duties.
1.Include your employees in long- and short-term planning efforts.

2.Ask for input/feedback on their projects consistently.

3.Include them on top-level discussions, conferences and meetings when appropriate.

4.Allow them to byline the work they wrote or to speak at the presentation they helped prepare.

5.Help them to become more vested in the work by asking for their opinion. Ask what, if anything, should be done to make the next project easier.

An employee that takes ownership in their work will usually perform better and add to a positive environment.

Renewing Yourself as a Leader

1.Take a time-out each day. Put a “Gone Thinking” sign on your door and don’t let anyone disturb you..

2.Pursue hobbies and interests outside your business. They’ll provide relaxation and may inspire creative ideas that you can feed back into the business.

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3.Take a vacation or a sabbatical. (But first, make sure you leave the company in good hands!)

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4.Spend time with your family. Kids provide a refreshing perspective.

Developing Policies for Your Business

It is important to have a clear definition of policy within the company, some basic tips:

A) Employees are your most important assets, so hire the best, provide training and growth opportunities, and recognize good performance.

B) Have a meaningful, concise and realistic job description for each employee. Make sure you review it with the employee and that it is understood.

C) Be sure employees know what is expected of them. Establish high standards of performance ethics.

D) Offer specialized training or skills enhancement to your current employees. Promoting from within encourages and motivates your greatest assets─your current workforce.
E) Create a New Employee Referral Bonus Program. Describe your needs in title and duties and offer a reward for your “most wanted.”

Having a concise plan is always a positive start.