Incorporate self-confidence in your workforce culture
Without confidence in themselves and their organization, employees won’t be willing to try anything new or take on a challenge.
Confidence is vital to any organization’s success. Without confidence in themselves and their organization, employees won’t be willing to try anything new or take on a challenge.
To build and reinforce confidence throughout your organization, try these tips:
• Link success to the customer. When employees know why their work is important, they’ll be more committed to doing their best and more engaged in the outcome. And when they’re focused on results, they’ll generally pay greater attention to their efforts and forget to be nervous.
• Test new ideas. Take some of the risk out of suggesting and implementing changes by starting on a small scale. A pilot program will encourage employees to experiment without the pressure of needing to succeed 100 percent from the start.
• Reward good performance. Let employees see you praising and rewarding good work and creative thinking. They’ll realize how much you value their efforts, and they’ll be more motivated to win your approval through superior performance.
• Look for quick wins. Launch projects that will produce some benefits quickly to show employees what they’re capable of. Keep an eye on your long-term goals, but don’t miss any opportunity to celebrate progress along the way.
• Get employees’ input. Ask employees what they need in order to do their jobs better. Listening to their ideas and opinions on your operations and procedures will show you trust them and build employees’ confidence in their own judgment.
—Adapted from the Definity Partners blog
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