February, 2020

The Love Language of Workplace Culture

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Managing Workplace Culture

In part three of our Love Languages series, we talked about Receiving Gifts and how managers can recognize employees by offering gifts like employee compensation or incentivized goals. In part four of this five-part series, we’re going to discuss the love language Quality Time and how we can create a workplace culture that empowers employees.

Quality Time

How to Apply Quality Time in the Workplace

Quality time is an opportunity spent giving one person your undivided attention. As a manager, the thought of giving one employee your undivided attention can seem a bit challenging. After all, you spend your days managing multiple employees, strategic initiatives, schedules, and your own personal workload. However, when managers carve out one-on-one time with their employees, they empower employees to have a vested interest in the workplace.

When managers listen to their employees, it empowers them to provide input and contribute to decision-making within the company. When you empower an employee, a wonderful thing happens: they become more committed to his or her job, more loyal to their company, and more conscientious of the impact he or she makes in your workplace culture. Employee empowerment is contagious. Engaging staff on a regular basis and making them feel like an essential part of the company is time well spent, and the result will echo throughout the organization.

What’s Your Love Language?

Find out by taking the love language quiz.

Power to the People

We’ve all heard that empowering employees leads to an increase in company productivity and reduced costs. But how do workers benefit from being more engaged? When your primary focus is making sure your employees are happy, it goes without saying that your company will also be impacted positively. The key is to treat your workforce as humans first, and employees second.

Read more about Ways to Create a Culture of Engagement on the APS blog.

Ways to Empower Employees that Coincide With Quality Time

The best place to start offering quality time in the workplace is with open, ongoing communication between managers and employees. When workers know they are truly being heard, they feel more engaged at work and are more likely to stay with the company.

The best place to start offering quality time in the workplace is with open, ongoing communication between managers and employees. When workers know they are truly being heard, they feel more engaged at work and are more likely to stay with the company.

Employee Communication

Give Them Voices

Give employees an internal voice and encourage them to contribute to the company beyond their everyday tasks. Being proactive in seeking their input and feedback lets employees know their ideas, expertise, and personal experiences are valued. This can be something as small as voting on an employee of the month or something further reaching, like providing ideas on how to improve company policies.

Employee Communication

Find the Fun

Many companies have established employee advocacy programs that provide a fun way to create an engaging work atmosphere. Challenge your staff to complete tasks where they are rewarded with a small token for their participation. You can even establish a system where points earned can be redeemed for items like company swag or even a paid day off.

Employee advocacy programs are beneficial for employers too because the efforts your staff puts forth creates more brand awareness, can help attract new hires, and generate new clients. Employees who are singing the praises of their companies are promoting your brand at no additional cost - an invaluable asset.

Employee Excellence

Recognize Their Excellence

Another way to motivate employees is to celebrate their merit using recognition platforms or technologies, like a company newsletter or event calendar. This recognition can come from managers, colleagues, or even customers. 

Whichever way you choose to acknowledge your employees, the important thing is to make sure they know their efforts don’t go unnoticed and their hard work is appreciated.

Employee Wellness Program

Elevate Their Everyday Treatment

Organizations have made strides over the past few years when it comes to employee benefits. In fact, 70 percent of employers offer some type of wellness program, resource, or service to employees like gym memberships, recipes, or coaching. It’s also important to offer programs that benefit your employees’ emotional and even financial well-being.

Make Quality Time A Reality

When you spend time with your employees, listen to them, and take their feedback into consideration, your workplace culture will benefit from your efforts. Workers feel fulfilled when they know they are part of a family that supports them, especially when they contribute to their company’s growth and success. Master the love language of Quality Time in the workplace by ensuring your employees feel empowered and engaged so you can change your workplace culture for the better

Next: Part 5, The Love Language Paid Time Off.

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