Employee engagement is one of the most popular yet misunderstood organizational topics. It’s a key competitive differentiator in the modern business landscape, and unsurprisingly, highly-engaged teams perform much better than their counterparts.
When we compare teams, we find that the most engaged ones:
That’s not all, they avert inventory shrinkage, have more satisfied customers with an increased workplace safety. A highly-engaged workforce benefits everyone in the company, from individual team members to leadership, as well as customers and other stakeholders.
Engaged employees work for more than just a paycheck. In this article, we’ll demystify employee engagement, and delve into eight concrete ways in which you can improve employee engagement for your organization.
Put everyone in the right role
As important it is for you to hire a competent and efficient workforce, it is equally important for you to place them in the correct roles depending on their abilities and caliber.
A research found out that 55% of employees value their work and are loyal to their employer depending upon the work they perform. When an employee is not put in place where their skill set can be utilized to its full potential, it leads to the employees getting disinterested and furthermore, disengaged.
Feedbacks, Rewards, and Recognition
A crucial thing about any work environment is to strengthen positive behavior. This can be done when the individual gets a timely appreciation or is rewarded for his good performance. Giving honest and constructive feedback about a person’s work is also very helpful. The trick is that it has to happen at the right time, not weeks or months later. The timing of the reward has a role to play in strengthening a behavior. A regular or ongoing feedback mechanism is very crucial for any organization.
By feedback, we don’t just mean an exchange of opinion. As issues surface, there should be a proper mechanism to tackle it.
Value and Vision
An essential component of Employee Engagement is to align the core values of an organization with the personal goals of the individual. This helps in motivating the employees to invest their time and energy to the organization.
Half of the employees would sacrifice their salary, as much as 29% of it, to work a job they enjoy. This makes us realize the importance of keeping the employees aligned with the vision of the organization to ensure they understand the value of their work.
Create a Go-To Communication Channel
Linking this to the feedback point, as important it is for any organization to give and receive feedback. It is equally important to maintain a transparent and convenient communication network in their organization to receive this feedback.
If an employee is able to give his/her inputs in an open environment, it raises the collective efficiency of the team and makes the employees further motivated to make the organization and their work better.
Prioritize Mental and Physical Health
Your employee's mental health is reflected in productivity, morale, absenteeism, engagement, burnout, customer satisfaction, teamwork, employee complaints, and incivility. Nearly every mental illness begins when an individual's coping skills are inadequate to handle the level of chronic stress experienced.
An Aon Hewitt survey recently reported that 54% of employees complain about high levels of stress.
It is equally important to take the physical health of your employees into account. Thus, opt for team outing, group activities like table tennis and development of physiological skills in your workplace that can work as a stress buster as well as inculcate a team spirit in your organization.
Provide Training and Coaching
Companies with a higher number of knowledge workers grow at a much higher pace as compared to the competition and their growth is mostly sustainable. Businesses with a strong learning culture enjoy employee engagement and retention rates around 30-50% higher than those that don’t. Training programs, workshops, brainstorming sessions, and focus group discussions can help employees improve their knowledge. In addition, this process provides peer-to-peer learning opportunities that result in improved performance.
Frequently discuss Engagement
Successful managers are transparent in their approach to improving engagement as they talk about it with their teams all the time. They hold “state of engagement” meetings and “engage” everyone in the discussion and solutions building an engaged and comprehensive environment.
Supply the right tools
One of the most important drivers of employee engagement may also be one of the most overlooked: making sure employees have all the tools they need to succeed in their roles. Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2016 report refers to it as providing an “enabling infrastructure” and lists it as the top driver of engagement globally.
Companies with employees who have both the psychological investment in their jobs and the resources to adapt to a changing world are better positioned to survive disruptive market conditions.
Employees are a company's best asset, leaders and managers should make caring for them a priority. Organizations have a valuable opportunity to transform their employees' work experiences into ones that are fulfilling and motivating which will allow workers to bring their best to work every day. If you're looking to create a more engaged and happy work environment for your employees, contact us for a demo.