How many times have you hired someone who looked to be a dream employee on paper, but once on the job, they just didn’t bring the gusto and job performance you thought they would? There’s a good chance that the problem wasn’t with their skillset or professional abilities but instead in the level of confidence they had in themselves.
Confident workers are the best workers, and as an employer, you have the ability to create an environment that builds up confidence on both an individual and team level. Here are a few strategies you can use to boost the confidence level of your employees starting today.
Treat Employees with Respect
It goes without saying but respected workers are ones who are going to feel comfortable enough to challenge themselves and put themselves on the line without fear of being ridiculed for their efforts. Listen to your employees when they come to you, respond to them, and treat them with the same level of respect that you expect as a professional.
Give Specific Feedback
Employees need feedback to feel confident in their strengths and to provide direction for improvement. If your feedback falls on the side of being too general, they’re left without the direction they need and also a nagging feeling that you’re not telling them the whole story. Be specific with feedback that is positive about their performance, and targeted with an action plan for building up areas of weakness
Develop Leaders and Teachers
While some are more obvious than others, each of your employees has an area of strength in their job performance. The more you can build up these areas, the more confident your workers become. There are few more effective ways of doing this than putting an employee in the position to share their knowledge and skillset with others. Offer opportunities for team members to train each other in certain areas or consider the idea of employee lead meetings, where team members take charge and become leaders.
Give Them the Tools They Need
There are few things more frustrating than taking on a new project or learning about a different area of the business without the right toolset in your hands. Before you send your employees out to tackle something new, make sure they have all the tools they need and know how to use them. Do they understand the software they’ll be using? Do they have access to the appropriate contacts? Do you know what the measurable milestones of the project are? What resources are at their disposal if they have questions?
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