Written by: Guest | July 21, 2023
By: Kristin Ireland, People Spark Consulting
Let’s face it: these are tough times for agriculture and animal food leaders. In today’s tight labor market, business owners are struggling to retain good workers—a complaint we hear again and again during meetings with clients and in conversations at conferences. In this tricky business environment (and really, at any time), the onus is on leaders like you to make employees feel valued, supported and engaged so they stick around.
The question is: how?
Studies show that employees who feel engaged at work AGREE with the following four statements:
By asking questions, actively listening and inviting feedback, you can connect with, learn about and celebrate your team. When you do, employees will feel proud to work for a leader, and a company, they respect.
(Read this blog about the easiest way to make people feel appreciated and valued.)
Here are the kinds of questions you might ask or observations you might share, either during an informal exchange or at a formal feedback session:
(Read this blog about a straightforward framework for giving meaningful feedback.)
During a coaching conversation like this, you get to connect with your employees by recognizing the work they’re proud of. You can support their development because you understand their strengths and interests. And you can guide them as necessary as they prepare for upcoming challenges.
For employees, having such a positive, authentic interaction shows that company leaders notice and appreciate their hard work, care about their job satisfaction and professional development and are invested in helping them succeed at work.
All this goodness from a few seemingly simple conversations? You bet!
Check back here soon for more strategies to help your business thrive.
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People Spark Consulting is a proud member of the American Feed Industry Association. Kristen Ireland and Erin Mies regularly speak at conferences and events including the Iowa Institute for Cooperatives and various feed dealer advisory groups.