Your employees, membership, or volunteers are committed to your business, church, or organization. They put in long hours and tiresome days. It is very easy for them to lose motivation when they are not kept up to date on what is happening. To simply put it, people will get down if they are not kept up. As the leader or manager, it is very important for you to keep people informed. Here are three reasons to keep your people up to date so they will not get down.
REASON #1: Motivation will increase.
When people are not informed on what is happening, they will begin to lose motivation. They will begin to wonder what is going on. They may be waiting on an answer to a question or solution to a problem. The longer they wait, the more frustrated they become. With increased frustration comes a loss in work productivity or commitment to the church or organization. And possibly, a loss of people all together. However, if they are communicated to about what is happening, they will stay motivated. Even if there are still no answers or solutions, at least they do not have to wonder what is going on. Make sure you keep your people informed. Talk with them individually or corporately. Send out weekly updates through emails, blogs, or e-newsletters. Communicate with people through Facebook and Twitter. Have regular informational department meetings. Let them know the good things that are happening as well as the difficulties.
REASON #2: Participation will increase.
When people are kept up to date on what is happening, they will be more likely to get involved. If there are problems, questions, or challenges within the group, there may be people with the answers, solutions, or ideas. They just need to be informed. People who are committed to the success of the group will rally together to overcome the challenges the church, business, or organization is facing. Many people will say, "How can I help? What do you need me to do?" Your job is to let people know. When Nehemiah was rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem, the city rallied around him to get it built. All he did was let them know and provided leadership for those who got involved.
REASON #3: Conversation will decrease.
When people are informed on what is happening, they will not need to have back room or parking lot conversations speculating as to what may be going on. Gossip and rumors will decrease. Churches, businesses, and organizations have a difficult time as it is controlling these conversations. By communicating consistently with people, these negative conversations can be minimized.
Start thinking of ways you can communicate more effectively with your employees, members, or volunteers. Begin to implement some of these forms of communication. Call someone personally this week who has been waiting on your response. Have a meeting with your key leaders or your church family. By communicating effectively, you will increase motivation and participation, and decrease conversation.