The drive to continuously improve and move forward is one of mankind’s most innate characteristics. This characteristic is seen even more prominently in the business world with the competition between other competitors and one’s business. Many believe that if you are not moving forward, you are not improving. Keep your business moving forward by rallying around a common vision, focusing on continuous improvement, and increasing workplace communication.
Rally Around a Common Vision
Without direction and purpose, a team is rendered useless. Every business needs a common vision and culture that their teams can rally behind. Clearly define what your company vision is and what you want to accomplish. Communicate company objectives and goals you want to accomplish within a specified period of time. Direction will give your employees something to work for and a sense of accomplishment when they reach those goals. Setting a common vision will help you create a company culture that will set you apart from your competitors. A common vision will also help you track your progress and make calculated decisions regarding the future of your business.
Focus on Continuous Improvement
With the constant competition in the business world, it is important to focus on your own continuous improvement. A Kaizen event is an excellent, 5-day event, designed to define business goals and identify areas of improvement. These events include training, data collection, and implementation. A Kaizen event can help employees brainstorm ideas for how to implement improvements. Following a team-building event like this, it is important to continue the advancements with follow-up evaluations and new ideas for improvement.
Managers lay the foundation for effective communication with their team. Research shows that consistent manager-employee communication is connected to higher employee engagement. A manager can create positive levels of communication by giving clear directions, being transparent with team status updates, embracing personal feedback with an open-door policy, and communicating consistently for increased clarity. When your team understands the overall vision clearly, they are much more likely to achieve it than when they are working in the dark.
The success of your company depends on your employee’s dedication and passion for its success. Direct their dedication and channel their passion into avenues that let your business continually improve. Keep your business continually moving forward by rallying around a common vision, focusing on continuous improvement, and increasing communication.
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