Employee engagement is a high concern amongst workplaces as it can have a direct impact on staff efficiency and productivity. Companies spend enormous amounts of time and money trying to get their staff engaged by offering different tools and implementing programs – such as volunteer and giving programs – in an effort to build a highly productive team. But despite their ongoing attention and effort around employee engagement, most company leaders still can’t seem to create a culture defined by fully productive employees.
Here are 5 tips that can help you increase employee engagement at your workplace:
1. Ask around the office to see if they are aware of what the company’s vision, mission and values are. You will be fascinated by the low number of employees who will be able to answer this question correctly. Too many company leaders are not communicating and reinforcing their organization’s guiding principles. While making a good job at the day-to-day running of the business they tend to miss the main goal as an organization.
2. Employees’ happiness is more correlated to connections with colleagues than with their direct manager. In a 2013 Harvard Business Review blog called “We All Need Friends At Work,” Riordan offered plenty of evidence suggesting that office friendships can act as a countermeasure to dissatisfaction and disengagement at work. Research in the US, has also found that strong social connections at the office can boost productivity, and could make employees more passionate about their work and less likely to quit their jobs lowering staff turnover. This means social activities that encourage team building and bonding are highly regarded as great ways to build your corporate culture.
3. It all starts from the recruitment process. Leading companies must come up with creative ways to test the possible candidates and find out how likely they are to be team players. These characteristics are vital to boost engagement and build a successful team.
4. Encourage employees to give suggestions on processes or new ideas that can help the business. Your most valuable assets are your people; they can be easily engaged by making them a vital part to shaping your company. This will make them feel heard, important and engaged.
5. Trust is a hard attribute in today’s business environment. Employee engagement is strongly based on trust and this will lead to other benefits such as employee advocacy. Employees will need to have trust in the organization and its leaders, as they certainly won’t be able to promote the company if they don’t believe in it. They need to be more than satisfied with their jobs to become advocates and to give that extra mile on each project.