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A Guide to Boosting Employee Engagement

Whether you’re a small start-up or a large corporation, actively ensuring the well-being of your employees is imperative to maintaining a positive and productive workplace. A business is never perfect, which means there is always room for improvement. To help you along the path to success, here are the top ways to keep your employees engaged and heading in the right direction.

First of all – why is it so important for your staff to be engaged?

There are a few simple yet imperative reasons for this…

  • It increases productivity.
  • It reduces staff turnover.
  • It ensures a high standard of customer or client service.

Use a combination of these eight engagement strategies and you will be on your way to improving the performance of your business.

Understand the motivations of your employees

In order to understand what motivates, inspires and drives your employees, you must get to know them better. Taking the time to ask them about their goals and interests not only shows that you view them as more than simply a resource, but allows you to see all the different ways in which they could be encouraged to succeed. In turn, this will encourage them to work harder and will make them feel better about coming into work each day. It can be hard to master the art of getting to know all your employees, but it can be done and it is undoubtedly worthwhile.

Encourage them to discover and reach their potential

When you want to make sure that every task is done perfectly, it can be tempting to micro-manage your staff. But although this may feel like the better option in the short term, the truth is that in the long term it only does more harm than good. Giving your employees the freedom to make their own decisions and manage their own workload will allow them to become more confident in their abilities. By all means, observe the way they work and give feedback, but trusting them to make the best decision in the first place is vital. The more empowered they feel in their skills and job, the more productive they will be.

Make sure you have fun

It’s true what they say – all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Make sure that you’re engaging the side of your employees that likes to have fun. Get everyone to write down or discuss the activities they most like to do and organise for the team to get together one weekend to have fun and let loose. Whether it’s going to a sporting event, having a BBQ or arranging a game of paintball, this will allow them to bond with each other and generate positive feelings towards their workplace.

Encourage friendly workplace competitions

Some good, old fashioned workplace competitiveness can really bring your team together and provide a nice break from the standard day to day routine. Whether it’s a football tipping contest or your own office Olympics, it will foster a sense of positivity and engagement within the team and lift spirits throughout the day or week.

Contribute to a charity

Doing something that leaves a positive mark on the world can inspire and empower those involved. Whether you choose one charity to fundraise for throughout the year or several communities whom will receive your support, assisting those who need it most is a great way to boost company morale.

Keep training relevant and consistent

This is absolutely vital. In order to do well in their roles, your employees must be given the chance to improve upon their knowledge and skills. Disengaged employees commonly cite confusion over their role and responsibilities as the reason why they are unproductive. Providing basic, ongoing training ensures that all your employees know what tasks are theirs and allows them to do it to the best of their ability. If they don’t understand what they are meant to be doing, your employee will not be engaged. It’s that simple.

Always seek feedback

Like training, feedback is an imperative aspect of ensuring your team is engaged, productive and committed to their job. By regularly sending out short surveys that specifically target an area of improvement, your business is showing that they value the opinions of its employees. Share the collated results in a group meeting and allow your team to discuss suggestions or strategies on how to improve. The more you aim to improve the employee experience, the more your employees will feel valued, respected and engaged.

Organise one on one meetings

Make it a habit to have regular one-on-one sessions with your employees in which you discuss their short term and long term goals, as well as any issues they might want to bring up. This provides them with the feeling of support and creates an open flow of communication between management and their teams. You might think you’re too busy to make such an effort, but trust us when we say that you will notice the difference if you do.

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