What’s the secret to happy employees? Having no secrets. When it comes to your team’s happiness at the workplace, sharing really is caring. Sharing is one of the most effective ways to make your employees feel valued, motivated and fulfilled. It’s a simple way to turn an office into a vibrant community. What’s more, today’s tech tools make it easier than ever to share without taking up time and energy.
Here are 4 ways to share business intelligence to make your team happy, engaged and productive:
#1 Share Accomplishments
Sharing what everyone’s gotten done every day is the foundation of employee engagement. You can’t build a happy, engaged work community if nobody knows what anybody else does.
By sharing accomplishments, you build team cohesion around a daily rhythm of getting stuff done and making progress toward an ultimate goal. It shows how valuable each person’s contribution to the team is, day in and day out. For the individual employee, it’s incredibly motivating and gratifying to build a public record of their individual achievements.
Tools like iDoneThis make it simple to share progress and accomplishments regularly. iDoneThis is a dead-simple, email-based status report tool. Every evening, iDoneThis sends each person on the team an email asking, “What’d you get done today?” All they have to do it reply. The next morning, the team gets another email reporting everyone’s accomplishments from the previous day. It boosts team morale first thing in the morning because it shows everyone’s awesome progress toward a goal and kickstarts another productive day.
#2 Share Task Assignments and Objectives
Sharing task assignments keeps everyone posted on what everyone else is working on, from the CEO down through the whole organization. By making tasks and objectives public and social, rather than private and individual, sharing assignments creates a sense of communal purpose. It gives individual team members a clear understanding of how they will be contributing to the big picture and fires up their motivation.
Tools like Asana make it easy to share task assignments and objectives. Developed by Facebook’s Dustin Moskovitz, Asana helps employees break down business objectives into tasks and assign those tasks to themselves or others. By allowing everyone to see and add to each other’s workload, Asana creates a team that’s more of a nonhierarchical work-sharing community than a traditional hierarchical company.