How To Boost Employee Success In The Office

A Forbes study found that out of 20,000 people, 46% of new hires failed within in 18 months. That’s a staggering number.

If you want your business to be a success, you have to set your employees up to succeed. Failure is not an option.

After you’ve gone to the trouble of recruiting, hiring and training your employees, you want them to excel so your business thrives.

Here’s how to boost employee success in the office so your business soars.

Be a Mentor

Mentors help employees succeed. Whether it’s you or another member of your leadership team, you can help your employees reach their full potential by offering them a mentor.

Having someone to bounce ideas off of and learn from boosts employee morale and confidence.

In addition, a mentor can give employees a gentle push in the direction of success through support and guidance.

Set SMART Goals

To help your employees succeed, set goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound (SMART).

Set the tone for success by giving each of your employees individual goals that work towards common company goals.

Make sure that they are reasonable and measurable. This gives your employees something to strive for and a sense of achievement when they’re accomplished.

Goals help your employees see how their role and their goals connect to the company as a whole, thus creating an atmosphere of success.

Let them know how you’ve aligned their individual goals to the team’s goals for victory and success for everyone.

Provide Meaningful Feedback

Once you’ve set goals with your employees, you want to set aside regular intervals for feedback.

If you let too much time elapse, and your employee gets off on the wrong track, but you’ve waited too long for feedback, your employees chance at success is foiled.

Provide meaningful feedback that isn’t aimed to criticize but to encourage success.
Skillful managers know how to provide feedback to encourage and inspire employees. Proper feedback encourages, not discourages.

Provide Support When Needed

Whether your employee is struggling with a work-related problem or a human resources issue, be there to provide support when needed.

For example, if your staff member is really having trouble with a computer program needed to create a report, make sure he gets training to use the program adequately. Your goal is to ensure success, not hinder it.

Likewise, if there is a conflict on your team, handle it straight away to keep your employees on the right track. This also builds employee loyalty and trust.


Move People When Necessary

To boost employee success in the office, it’s important that each person is in the right job. Your company’s success depends on each team member working to the best of their ability.

For example, you hired Mary to work in customer service where she excelled on a daily basis. She had the highest approval ratings and was a role model for the entire team, so you decided to promote her to team leader.

You notice that Mary calls in sick when she never did before, and her work starts to suffer. The rest of the team seems aimless and less motivated.

Mary is no longer a success. You know it’s time to re-evaluate, and you ask yourself if team leader is the best position for Mary. You talk to her and find out she is actually miserable.

Once you move Mary back to customer service, she is again succeeding in her job as are her fellow team members who feel energized by her.

Helping your employees identify their strengths and putting them in the right roles is the best way to boost their success.

Sometimes that means moving people around, shifting positions or promoting someone. But, it isn’t a one-size-fits-all. To ensure success and help your employees achieve their goals, make sure they are in the right job.

Final Thoughts

Successful companies breed successful employees and vice versa.

The Harvard Business Review says there are six pieces to a great corporate culture and one that fosters employee success:

  1. Vision
  2. Values
  3. Practices
  4. People
  5. Narrative
  6. Place

Your company can see a huge boost in performance levels when you concentrate on these six components.

When your employees know and support your vision, they are primed for success. Your shared values help employees know where they fit in your company while helping to build trust and loyalty.

You know the saying, “Do as I say, not as I do.” Let’s turn that upside down. Your employees should be motivated by your actions, not your words. Lead by example.

Your practices help them succeed and are integral to your business. Let your employees know you are their advocate.

People are everything. Invest in your staff, and they will succeed. Hire right, train well and continue to motivate and engage them to ensure their success.

Do your employees know your narrative? Do they feel a part of it? It’s the key to your company’s culture and your employees’ success. Consider the narrative of Apple. Their most successful employees feel part of the story.

Lastly, the place where your employees work is integral to their success. Is your office an open, collaborative, friendly place? Remember the aesthetic of the workplace affects the behaviors of its employees.

Now that we’ve talked about how to boost employee success, we’d love to know if you’ve put any of these ideas into action. Or, do you have other things that have worked to boost success? Please comment below to share your tips with others.