Aligning Your Workforce: One, Two, Three Strikes – You’re Out

Picture this: it’s the bottom of the ninth and bases are loaded. Two outs and you’re down by three. Batter up! That’s you. The worst thing you can do right now is strike out.

You look up at your coach for your play, but … wait, your coach isn’t there.
You glance out the field and realize that your team has no idea what to do next.

Okay. You think. Now what?

Can you imagine if this situation took place in real life? You don’t have to be a sports fan to understand that on the most successful teams, the owners, coaches and players work together as one. And when they’re not aligned, they play poorly.

Like all great sports teams, your employees need coaches to help them meet their strategic objectives, too. This means that your managers must be winning coaches– if, like a team owner, you insist they be.  And where do great managers come from? The top: senior leadership sets the example.

You might not play for the MLB, but consider the people you work with every day.  Does everyone play on the same team?

A powerful trifecta composed of senior leadership, managers and employees can achieve amazing things when they work together to drive engagement and achieve bottom line goals. The numbers say it all: engaged employees perform 20 percent better and are 87 percent less likely to leave an organization.

Your company’s people and culture, when aligned, will have a profound effect on results. Take it from the pros: if your business was a top-ranked sports team, here is how its trifecta would play.

Your Draft
Here is the top talent you’ve allocated to your team:

Pick Player Team Position
1 Senior Leadership Your Company Team Owners
2 Management Your Company Coaches
3 Employees Your Company Players


Five Practice Schedules
Now that you have your team, here are the next five practices schedules that will align the trifecta:

  • Make management training opportunities available to ensure great coaching at every level.
  • Use technology to increase visibility and open communication channels.
  • Establish a regular reporting rhythm that works for your organization.
  • Complement the performance review, provide positive and constructive feedback at every opportunity.
  • Make accountability a priority and hold teammates responsible for KPIs like retention and engagement.

Game-Time Results
The home team wins with an engaged, aligned, and recognized workforce:

  • 53 percent of fully-engaged employees say they learn a lot from their supervisor compared to just 19 percent of people who are not fully engaged.
  • When managers recognize superior employee performance, engagement increases by almost 60 percent.
  • Seventy-seven percent of organizations with senior leaders who hold middle managers accountable for helping employees meet goals have above-average business results.

You have an opportunity to transform your leadership, managers and employees into a high-performing workforce who drive results. Download our e-book to find out how.

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Tatiana Beale is a Senior Marketing Communications Specialist at Achievers. She is passionate about changing workplaces for the better and inspiring Employee Success™ through insightful content. Tatiana believes that employee happiness is the key to a wildly successful company. She feels lucky to be part of the unique Achievers culture and means it when she says “I love my job.”


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