Lisa Askwith- Engaging Your People for Success
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Build Your Core- People- 4 Part series
Build Your Core- People
E5- Build your Core-What do your Employees want? Structure your Business for Your People
What your employees want is something that often gets forgotten, or not understood in the rush to get business done, so I want to help you fix this, as without a real understanding you may build some fantastic programs for your people, but you won’t get the results you wanted, and worse still may risk disengaging them further!
To help get this right in your business,
Episode 5 focuses on what your people want, followed by 3 more parts to build your core;
We have several generations to work with, baby boomers, generation x and generation z, with differing needs, however the great news is that being able to meet the transparency, accountability and lifestyle needs of gen z will actually benefit all generation of workers, as all workers actually enjoy the outcomes of this focus, and benefit from the programs offered to meet it.
So what are we really looking for when we consider the future workforce? Firstly they are value based and this means they want to receive value as well as be able to give it.
Key Areas to consider;
E6- Build your Core-Develop your leaders - 3 key steps to success
Develop your leaders- a recent study by Indeed showed that only 11% of businesses felt they had a strong or very strong leadership team bench strength!!!!! This is scary- think about what this means for not just your business outcomes but for your core- your people? They simply can’t be in a great space.
When it comes to getting the people right in your business and really capitalizing on your greatest asset, there are several areas you need to address.
Part 2 is focusing on your leadership team, and what they need to be capable of to be able to actually support your people and achieve success through engaging them rather than demotivating them.
Leadership buy in and support must be created- this is key otherwise you will just be wasting your money on training programs. Use 360 degree studies and culture surveys.
3 key leadership development steps for any business
Your leaders are also subject matter experts- use them this way and encourage them to also run their own training programs- you will be amazed at the walls this breaks down and the value it brings.
Structure these core points into your KPIs, and also your vision and mission, plus behaviour goals- this is a must to ensure it is alive in your business
Put cross functional teams under the leadership KPI’s to ensure this is all kept alive in your business
E7 Build your Core-Develop your People
Your people are impacted by a fast paced changing workplace, hence their needs have correspondingly changed, and will continue to evolve, so my aim is to keep you ahead of the curve by putting your people at the center of your business equation, by fully engaging them for your, and their success. This is what takes a business to the levels of great, and what I can help you achieve. You need some great people strategies in place that are backed by exceptional leaders that can take your culture to higher levels of success.
We know your people will leave you quickly today if they are not engaged, but what does this really mean for you as a business?
If you have a new hire you need to focus on engagement and development from day 1- This focus is equally important for existing staff, and if you are not doing it now, you really need to start!
Open training and development backed by a clear career path is key. This training needs to be optional, supported, and easily accessible.
To help develop your people you need your leaders support and endorsement, to help you achieve this some key tips are;
Develop low cost high impact training programs- Most of these can be done internally.
The 2 key parts of training;
Job Demands- often technical training
This should include not just the next step training but a large range of soft skills and optional training. This not only improves your people and allows them to develop, but engages them to stay.
E8 Build your Core-Ensure your strategy and culture are Symbiotic not cannibalistic! - 4 steps to successful integration
To build your core you need to set a true playing field for success. So in part 1 we looked at understanding that your people want and structuring accordingly, in part 2 and 3 we looked at developing your leaders, the crucial link for success and then developing your people. Now we need to further strengthen your playing field for success and ensure your culture is not only positive but that it works with not against your strategy.
Use Culture Surveys and 360 degree leadership feedback to diagnose where you are now
Must be synergistic for success- review your culture now, really ask what it is, does it exist, is it positive……or is it something you prefer not to think about….if that’s the case then you need to start looking more deeply, and thinking about if a culture survey is needed to really start to dig into the problems.
If your culture and strategy diverge, it does untold damage, as you will find the core of your people live in the culture piece and are influenced by it strongly. Your leadership team lives mostly in the strategy piece. So you can see if your leaders are focussing on strategy and it does not match your culture you are going to have a massive problem with getting anything done, and particularly with getting it done well or in a way that allows the company to excel and fight off the competition.
Set up your key indicators to diagnose where the issues are in conjunction with the results from Step 1
1- Exit interviews
2- Staff turn over
3- Length of average staff stay
4- Length of stay post training
5- Leadership feedback
6- Culture feedback
7- Have anonymous feedback channel
Clarify the issues and plan solutions
1- Gain agreement from the leadership team on exact issues
2- Fact check these issues with a working group from the people in the business
3- Compare the answers for both and decide on the most pressing issues to solve
4- Set up working teams from across the business with only 1 or 2 leadership members to help support and carry through recommendations
5- Make these 3 monthly rolling projects and drive success.
1- Make culture review part of the leadership team's responsibility and KPIS
2- Culture must be part of the quarterly leadership reviews- including the key indicators from Step 2
3- Consider a yearly culture initiative run by a working team form across the business
4- Ensure culture needs are embedded in all documentation and strategy
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Written by Lisa Askwith
Director of ApexBRS | ApexBRS, Regional Director of See Global Media, Chair of EGN Singapore, and Associate Professor Cambridge Corporate University | At the Age of Change, providing the HR component of the Global Executive MBA and BBA. Lisa has worked for some of the largest companies in the world and successfully led restructures and change management programs in order to improve the bottom line through engaging the people for success, while developing exceptional leaders who can make a positive impact on Culture and long term business sustainability.
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