It’s no secret that higher engagement leads to better performance and that people are more engaged with what they help create.
In business, we need people to have three fundamental attributes:
Competence - employees need to be competent in a set of skills and behaviours necessary to perform. Their attitude plays a vital role in this too as whilst you can train for skill if necessary, attitude is far more ingrained in a person.
Autonomy - employees need to have autonomy as this has a significant impact on intrinsic motivation.
Purpose - employees need to act intentionally with a purpose and be aware of the business purpose to realise how they can make the biggest impact.
Cascading OKRs, Objectives and Key Results, from the CEO level throughout all teams at all levels of an organisation allows the business purpose and vision to be communicated effectively, encouraging employee autonomy. Whilst the Objectives cascade from level to level, the Key Results are largely employee-led, in an upwards direction, allowing the freedom to decide how to achieve each objective by creating suitable key results to help. This employee-led approach allows individuals to shape their work and take ownership of their roles and responsibilities, significantly impacting business performance. For more information on this, visit our blog How do OKRs Cascade?
As a business leader, to ensure you get the most out of your employees, keep them fully engaged and empower them to become great leaders themselves, you need to look inwards at your leadership style.
Here are 10 ways you can empower your employees to take ownership of their work and become fully engaged with the business:
Introducing OKRs in your business is a highly effective way to achieve many of the points listed above. Check out one of our other blogs to assess if OKRs are right for you - OK R you ready to raise your game?
Alternatively, if you are ready to really empower your employees to take ownership and unlock their true potential of high-performance, book a 15-minute discovery call today! Our 1-3-5® OKR software and expertise provides the perfect platform on which to share your vision, engage employees and align your teams for high performance and faster results.