Employee engagement is a key to productivity. But a surprising number of workers do not consider themselves to be engaged while they are at work. This suggests employers are missing an opportunity to get more out of their workforce even though it can be a vital component to greater success.
Helping your employees feel connected to the business and the work they do helps raise morale and makes them more likely to go above and beyond during the course of their day. They are also more likely to stay at their current company over the long term.
But employee engagement is something that takes efforts from members of the leadership team. Otherwise, these benefits won’t be realized. To help you increase engagement across your workforce, here are some tips to get you started.
Give Workers the Right Tools
Regardless of how much an employee wants to do for your company, their capacity can be limited if they lack the tools they need to do the work. And working without the right tools to support the job will ultimately breed frustration and leads to disengagement.
This means businesses need to make sure that workers have the equipment, programs, and training they need to get their jobs done well. Once employees realize productivity is increased due to the tools they have available, engagement often increases in kind. This creates a self-perpetuating cycle where engagement leads to productivity, which in turn increases engagement.
Recognize Accomplishments and Hard Work
One of the quickest ways to boost engagement in any organization is to recognize employees for their accomplishments. Finding ways to let them know that their hard work matters and is appreciated can also help lead to higher morale, especially amongst your best and brightest. Plus, knowing that recognition is part of the corporate culture can cause other workers to begin pushing themselves harder as they know their efforts will be noticed.
Appropriate recognition can take many forms, ranging for a simple expression of thanks to financial compensation. Regardless of the options an organization chooses, it is important to recognize employees publicly and to acknowledge workers at regular intervals.
Make Personal Connections
Members of management that clearly demonstrate that they care about their employees’ well-being are more likely to have engaged workers. And building relationships with your team is an ideal way to show you are invested in them as people and not just as workers.
Create an environment where your employees know they can rely on you, and that you have their back, and you give them the safety they need to push the envelope and potentially flourish.
A workplace can offer all of the right tools and benefits but, if everyone is always fighting against a workload that is simply unmanageable based on the number of employees available, frustration will build. Feeling like they can never catch up, let alone get ahead, can breed defeatist attitudes. So, if you see your team struggling because the size of the workload is just too much to handle, then it may be time to supplement your workforce.