Aiming high in quest for top performance
WILL Abbott – partner at Gloucestershire Business Awards’ headline sponsor Randall & Payne – on the steps to creating a high performance organisation.
HIGH performance organisations stimulate more effective employee involvement and commitment in order to achieve increased profits, improved productivity and higher levels of customer loyalty. We are living in uncertain times. The highest-performing businesses will, by their very nature, ride out the storm more effectively.
So how do you create a high performance organisation?
A truly high performance business will deliver higher levels of productivity, customer satisfaction, sales and will have increased employee retention.
The backbone of a high-performing business is a resilient workforce.
You need to build a team that is highly motivated, high-performing and consists of people who look forward to coming to work every day because they feel they are a part of the company and the bigger picture.
In addition to hiring the right people, you need to create a culture that allows your team to perform at a high level.
It all starts with communication. You need to communicate the vision, strategy, values and beliefs of your business in order to create a shared purpose.
They need to buy into your vision for the company so they feel invested in its future success.
Next, you need to empower your people. Set high-level objectives and communicate these to each member of your team.
Explain how each objective contributes to overall success.
Now step back and give your people the space to get on with working towards those objectives.
Be available for when they need to escalate issues. Set regular team meetings but never micro-manage.
It is also important to create reward strategies so your high-performing people feel rewarded for their commitment, and remain motivated.
Remember, perfection is not attainable, not even in the very highest performing organisations.
But if you aim for perfection, you might just end up a notch below.