By: Len Adams, CPC, CTS
What makes a business highly efficient? It’s employees who are engaged in their work, but why do companies need to maintain a high level of employee engagement? Engaged employees who have passion for their work willingly put more effort into their roles. They bring joy, dedication, and efficiency to their work. Employees who are more committed and motivated excel and provide better results.
Here are some tips to improve employee engagement:
1. Help Employees Find Purpose in Their Roles
Putting emphasis on how employees can contribute to the success of the company is a vital aspect. Employees should have that mindset that they can help the company achieve success. Their level within the organization should not matter; it can be as simple as contributing quality performance to their respective departments or service for clients. It can also be supporting teammates. It is important to help employees see that their daily efforts contribute to the company’s larger goals.
2. Encourage Employees Cooperation Not Competition
Effective teamwork shows how employees get along with each other. Within a business, employees are working towards a common goal, a shared success. Encourage employees to use their social skill to help each other to attain their goals quickly and efficiently. An effective team also discards the potential formation of “workplace politics” where instead of working together, employees will work against each other. Competition is toxic for the work environment and instead of moving forward, the company will crumble due to competition within. Encourage employees to cooperate with each other and help one another where their talents and skills can contribute to their success and at the same time learn something from their colleagues.
3. Say “Thank You” and Give Rewards
Showing appreciation for a job well done greatly boosts employees’ morale and motivation. It is a simple gesture, yet it can go a long way. Giving a few words of appreciation encourages employees to do better in their tasks and it shows that every hard work is appreciated and acknowledged. Employees are motivated to give their best knowing that their efforts will be recognized and rewarded.
4. Encourage Feedback
One good way to make employees engage in their work is requesting feedback. Requesting feedback is a way to share viewpoints and concerns and also find the best solution. Feedbacks encourage employees to know what could make them detached in their work and find the best solution to increase productivity and focus. Communicate with employees to raise awareness what could be done to improve the working environment.
5. Balance Time
It is common to hear about employees becoming more and more discouraged working for their company due to constricting work hours. They have little time for their friends and family or other hobbies and this leads to employees burn out. Employees who have liberty in choosing their schedules can make them more productive and engaged in their work. It gives them more time to de-stress and focus better to their assigned tasks.
Communication is the core value of employee engagement. Efficient leaders should make time to listen to their employees’ needs and what motivates them. Create opportunities and challenges for employees to develop an engaged mindset. A supportive work environment is where workers are focused with their work and are dedicated to carry out the company’s vision and mission towards success.