Monday, June 4, 2018

Lean Tips Edition #125 (1876 - 1890)

For my Facebook fans you already know about this great feature. But for those of you that are not connected to A Lean Journey on Facebook or Twitter I post daily a feature I call Lean Tips.  It is meant to be advice, things I learned from experience, and some knowledge tidbits about Lean to help you along your journey.  Another great reason to like A Lean Journey on Facebook.


Here is the next addition of tips from the Facebook page:


Lean Tip #1876 - Set Goals That Align with Company Objectives
Each employee’s goals should be tied to the company’s overall growth strategy in order to be effective. When employees understand how their individual role and responsibilities contribute to organizational growth, they’re often more focused and motivated to achieve goals that result in success for both the business and themselves. Consistently communicating strategic business goals (and regularly emphasizing the company mission) can help to keep employees engaged in the work they do.

Lean Tip #1877 - Connect Every Day Tasks and Efforts to Long Term Goals
Every aspect of your daily business should connect back to your long term mission statement and over all goals. This allows managers and employees to see how their every day work helps the success of the company – and improves their long term career prospects.

Lean Tip #1878 - Transparency is Key To Alignment
Maintaining a sense of transparency throughout your entire organization will allow your employees to see the productivity of their managers and vice versa. Overall transparency can translate to a healthier and more productive work environment for everyone, improving overall engagement.

Lean Tip #1879 - Reward Employees Who Achieve Their Goals
It’s critically important to recognize employees who set goals and then achieve (or exceed) them. Not only does such a reward (a bonus, certificate, public acknowledgment at a staff meeting, etc.) honor that employee’s efforts, it demonstrates clearly to his or her co-workers that the company values this type of commitment and hard work — thus providing further initiative from the rest of the workforce. When such hard work goes unnoticed, employees can justifiably feel there’s no point in working so hard and may begin looking for a new job elsewhere.

Lean Tip #1880 - Take a Key Role in Communicating Company Strategy
Have you ever played the children’s game “Telephone”? By the time the message gets to the end of a long line of people, its content has likely been drastically altered beyond recognition. Miscommunication costs businesses substantial loses. Be direct, make sure everyone understands your plans, and ensure that you communicate your vision and goals to all staff members.

Lean Tip #1881 - Develop Leaders Early.
Leadership development should take place as soon as possible within your organization by assessing and analyzing the strengths of potential future leaders. While data can be used, you can also discover which employees have what it takes for certain jobs by letting them identify themselves as potential leaders in leadership positions.

Lean Tip #1882 - Challenge Employees.
Give employees a chance to challenge themselves by assigning them unfamiliar tasks. It’s an effective way to push and test their skill levels. It’s all right if they fail since it offers valuable lessons that can add new skills, improve confidence, and solidify employee commitment. Watch to see if the employee just determines the task is above their skill level or if your employee determines that they will do what it takes to learn the new skill.

Lean Tip #1883 - Rotate Employee Positions.
For many innovative companies, employee rotation has become a great way to engage, motivate and work with different team members. Furthermore, by not locking employees into a single position, it’s developing additional skills in each employee that could be used if they have to fill-in for another team member.

Lean Tip #1884 - Inspire Employees to be Passionate.
Some of the best leaders that I've ever met inspire others to become leaders by their passion. Employees will take a little bit of that passion and it will grow within them. Develop passion in your employees and they will become the biggest factors in the success of your business.

By letting employees be creative, encouraging them to work on side projects and sending out employee surveys, you will have found a couple of ways to discover which employees are authentic and have bought into your company’s culture. Keep in mind, you don't have time for everything.

Lean Tip #1885 - Give Employees a Little Power.
It’s important to give employees the right tools and resources to succeed. While you want to challenge employees and encourage them to get out of their comfort zones, you also need to make sure that you give them the proper support whenever assigning new tasks. But, you don’t always have to hold their hand. This can be done by encouraging them yourself, directing them to someone who can help, providing them with the right support and frequently evaluating their work. Furthermore, you may have to give up a little control by giving them the power to make certain decisions.

Lean Tip #1886 - Show Employees You Trust Them
The first sure way to motivate and inspire your employees is to demonstrate that you have faith in their abilities to get the job done. You can do this by assigning them more responsibilities and giving them the chance to rise to the challenge. Doing so shows that you trust them, which has a way of motivating people to keep doing their best.

Micromanaging your employees and hovering over their shoulders at every step is counterproductive because it makes them nervous. If your employees are too afraid to try new things, they won’t be giving you their best. Give them greater autonomy and responsibility and they will rise to the occasion.

Lean Tip #1887 - Invest In Your Employees
Another way to inspire and motivate your employees is by investing in them. Offering things like tuition reimbursement, a mentoring program, one-on-one coaching, and job shadowing with people in higher positions sends a clear message: you care about their career and their future. Some companies, in fact, have periodic meetings with their employees to discuss their career paths and make sure they stay on track.

Aside from improving skills and increasing staff knowledge, this kind of investment in employee career pathing gives them a reason to stay with the company for the long haul rather than be on the lookout for a better offer.

Invest in your employees, and you’ll give them a reason to stick around. When your employees grow and improve, so does the company.

Lean Tip #1888 - Leaders Set the Example.
As a leader within your organization, people are going to look to you to set an example for the rest of the group. You're going to be setting a tone, a work ethic, and a set of values for the company whether you mean to directly or not, and setting the right example can have a meaningful effect on the mentality of your group. For example, if you work hard and stay optimistic about everything, even in the face of enormous challenges, your employees will be likely to do the same. If you set an example of positivity and understanding, your workers will mirror you, and the entire culture of the work environment will become more motivating.

Lean Tip #1889 - Share Your Mission Statement with Every Employee
Articulate and share the mission, purpose, and goals of your business with the people who work for you. This will give them a sense of belonging and a connection to the big picture. It is much more exciting to be sharing in a mission as opposed to just accomplishing an unrelated work task. A sense of contribution to the purpose and success of a business makes any job feel more important.

Lean Tip #1890 - Encourage Employees’ Opinions and Ideas

Seek out the opinions and ideas of your workers with the goal of implementation; employees will feel truly valued as an integral part of shaping the success and future of your organization. Suggestion boxes, meetings and group discussions are a few ways in which employees can contribute their ideas, but they should be made to feel that their feedback is welcome at any time.

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