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Harnessing Employee Engagement in Your Company

Whether you can count your staff on one hand or they number in the thousands, ensuring they enjoy a high standard of overall wellbeing while in your employment is crucial. No matter what size of company they’re helming, any business owner will tell you how important it is to keep your employees engaged and involved in the workplace.

Why is employee engagement so important?

Giving them a sense of ownership over their work and making them feel more involved in the culture of the company is a great way to help improve staff morale. Employee engagement can increase your business productivity and reduce your staff turnover, saving you in training costs. What’s more, happy employees in external-facing roles tend to pass that happiness on to customers, meaning more repeat business.

How do I keep my staff engaged?

There are a number of ways to keep your employees engaged at work, but at Roubler, here are eight we’ve found that are sure-fire winners.

  1. What’s my motivation?

Taking the time to understand why your employees are on the career path they are and what their goals for the future entail can help you to offer them more rewarding and satisfying work. Giving a staff-member work they look forward to and are passionate about means a more productive employee who helps to lift morale in hard times. Getting to know your employees is a crucial part of this. While it can be difficult to be on a first-name basis in a company of dozens – let alone hundreds – that sense that the boss cares about them is a powerful motivator for an employee. Make time to take new hires to lunch or even just make sure to sit with the troops in the lunch room a few days a week.

  1. Helping them to uncover their potential

Lengthen the leash. Resisting the urge to micro-manage an employee can give them the confidence to go above and beyond the call of duty. Trust is essential in this situation. Helping your team to thrive through giving them space to make and act upon their own decisions can allow them to explore their potential and possibly develop new skills. The greater the level of empowerment an employee feels in their work, the better they will perform.

  1. Fun in the workplace

The 9 to 5 doesn’t have to be a relentless slog. Encourage your employees to make suggestions about fun changes or activities that could be brought into the work environment. From that, sit down and develop a ‘bucket list’ of events and features to introduce. Simple activities such as attending a football game as a team or having a barbecue in the local park – through to wackier times like a paintball match – can all contribute to developing that crucial sense of camaraderie. These activities give employees the chance to engage with new people outside of their departments and in a no-stress, energetic environment, and can help them forge bonds between themselves and with management.

  1. A bit of healthy competition

Give your team something to chat about other than work. Simple things such as a footy tipping contest right up to more involved solutions like an office Olympics are a great way to foster positive work relationships and engage your workforce.

  1. Charitable giving

Encouraging your workforce to participate in group humanitarian events or doing a charity donation drive leaves employees feeling like they’ve done something good and can boost morale. It can also help to raise the standard of your business in the local community – raising awareness of your company and acting as a bit of free PR.

  1. Ongoing, relevant training

Taking the time to provide continual training and upskilling sessions isn’t just great for your employees, it also helps you. Clarifying your employees’ roles and helping them to better understand the why – not just the how – behind their jobs can give them more confidence. Having the boundaries clearly defined can even help you separate the innovators from the pack – who goes just that little bit further?

  1. Let their voice be heard

No one likes the boss who only hears their own voice. Give your employees a chance to speak up in safe, constructive environments and give them a venue to air their concerns. Conducting anonymous surveys is a good way to encourage employees to be honest about how they think the work environment could be improved, and lets employees know that their opinions are valid. Letting your employees know that their experience of the workplace is important and that you’re listening to their concerns and acting on them is a great motivator.

  1. A little mano a mano

Giving your employees time to discuss their thoughts and opinions with you one-on-one – even just for 15 minutes – can make a world of difference to their outlook on their work. In larger companies, it’s all too easy to feel like you’re just one more face in a cubicle. Taking them out of that cubicle and sincerely asking them what you as the employer could be doing better and to discuss their goals and challenges can help to disperse this demoralising attitude. Having an open-door policy and cultivating a reputation for being receptive to criticism is crucial.

 

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