There are three key strategies organizations can use to increase employer-employee partnerships. These three strategies include ownership, trust, and bi-directional feedback. When we can increase these three strategies within your organization, it can assist you in growing a stronger team.
The first area is ownership. Ownership is defined as the legal right to use, possess, and give away a thing. Business ownership specifically refers to the control over an enterprise, providing the power to dictate the operations and functions. As we talk about ownership in an organization with your team, it means taking initiative and responsibility for the growth and success of the organization. Each team needs individuals who want to take ownership of mistakes or challenges instead of blaming or ignoring them.
The next strategy is trust. A team leader has to trust that the employee with perform their job and help keep the organization operating. As we work to create trust, it is important for all team members to understand the organization’s goals and plans. There should be transparency in what is happening within the organization. In simple terminology, it means that leadership is doing what they say they are going to do.
The final strategy is feedback. Feedback has to be a two-way street with each side understanding such. We all have to be able to give and receive feedback. This can be especially hard when the feedback is constructive in nature. As a member of a partnership, there should be respectful conversations that are transparent so all team members can understand where improvement is needed. It is important to understand how an individual prefers to receive feedback and that leadership works to meet the needs of the team members.
How does your organization grow partnerships within your organization? Are there areas where more support is needed? Make sure to share your tips and tricks for creating a partnership with your team.
~Dr. Anissa Jepsen, Ed.D, BCBA, LBA-SD