4 Things You Can Do To Keep Your Team Engaged
Written By James Simpson

Whenever you introduce a new process or technology to your team, it’s important for you to gain their buy-in of the change from your team for it to gain traction at your shop or worksite. If your team doesn’t adopt the new process or tool, the time and money you’ve invested in it– presumably to help your business run better–will be wasted. So how do you keep your team enthused and engaged with the shop and with the changes you seek to implement? Here are four key things you can do to keep your team engaged from introduction through on-going operations.

  1. Preparation

    From the moment you introduce your change to your team, you’ve got to work with them to make sure they’re ready to implement it into your workflow. Start with explaining what the change is and why it will be valuable to each team member and the business. Teach them how to use it. Bring in experts from the vendor who can individually instruct your team on how to utilize the new item. Incorporate education into the work schedule, so that you’re sure everyone gets up-to-speed on the change.

    The prep work you do before you implement a change in procedure or introduce a new piece of equipment or software will be returned to you three-fold in the efficiency with which your team accepts and integrates the change. That prep work includes setting up a timetable for introducing and implementing the new item, as well as a process for following up and reviewing how the change has impacted the efficiency and profitability of the project or business.

  2. Encouragement

    The old style of management–”Do this because we tell you to”–may seem like an effective tactic for getting workers to do what the boss says, but in fact, it leads to dissatisfaction and unrest among workers. Today, you need more carrots than sticks, particularly when skilled workers are a coveted commodity in the labor force. Praise and rewards go a long way to creating a satisfied, engaged team.

    Let them know that you understand how difficult change can be, but that this change will make things better for them. Praise them for their willingness to adopt the new process (when they do). Offer people incentives for taking classes to learn the new equipment or software. Gamify–that is, tie incentives and prizes–to the continued use and adoption of the new process.

  3. Consistency

    Too many times, programs to encourage the efficient management of time are pushed to the side when a new priority arises. The processes that have worked in the past are dismissed when everyone gets focused on a shiny new thing. If the usage of the new process or tool was important to you before, it will still be important for you in the future.

    Don’t stop reminding your team how important the tools provided to them are. Continue with training–for both new hires and refreshers for those who need or want them–to ensure proficiency. Keep up with the weekly stand-up meetings you had to review material with your team. And review the usage and savings connected to the item regularly on a schedule- weekly, monthly, quarterly–to ensure you’re getting the savings from it that you expected.

  4. Communication

    Throughout the process–from your planning sessions to your follow-up reviews–a strong company culture that encourages communication ensures that your team will be engaged with the change and management. You’ve put this change in place because you wish to make things faster and easier for your team; you should listen to their feedback about what works and what doesn’t, what’s better and what’s more complicated.

    While open communication–available without fear of reprisal or discipline particularly for people who raise questions or problems–is key to getting people on-board, the best outcome for management and workers is a communications process that not only listens but also acts on suggestions and feedback. Put in place a process through which workers and management can exchange ideas and pursue solutions that meet the needs of both parties–and realize that those needs frequently intersect–so that design desk, the shop or the project benefit from experience up and down the line. And ensure the people providing the feedback know how their input is being used and what the outcome is. If you want an engaged team, engage with them.

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