When it comes to employment engagement, there really is no one magical solution that can apply across all organizations. While there are many strategies that you can utilize, it’s still important for you to be able to narrow down your options to end up only with the best. This means matching your strategies with the kind of business that you have. Otherwise, any mismatch could render your efforts futile.
Employee engagement refers to the overall emotional and mental aptitude that your team has relating to their job. This goes beyond just that willingness to do the tasks that are required of them from day-to-day. Your employees must feel strongly about your business, and that it’s the best place for them to be able to achieve their goals.
That said, here are five employment strategies you should consider, as you rethink any current strategies that your business may have:
- Have Team Photos In Your Employee Lounge Areas
Rather than simply clutter your bulletin boards or employee lounge areas with office memoranda and reminders, switch things up from time-to-time also by including photos of your team working together. You can even put up a ‘best employee’ feature monthly; this can encourage your employees to do more, even if the prize is a simple voucher for their groceries. If you’re keen on setting this up, here’s a list of the best employee survey questions that can help you assess current attitudes while finding out what prizes your team might value. If you’ve recently done a team-building activity or a family day, put up photos of these. If you are able to snap candid photos of your team having a good laugh while at your coffee area during their break, consider sharing these with the group. These photos can help create that sense of family life in your organization, much like how portraits on a wall can do the same for a family. It’s a good way of showing (and reminding) everyone that you all are one family in the office. This can greatly increase morale and improve workers aptitude to do more for your business.
- Assign A Buddy For Every Newcomer
It’s normal for newcomers to feel like a grade school kid on their very first day of class. They’re lost, shy, often times intimidated and confused as to what it is they should be doing. To avoid situations where newcomers don’t feel welcomed during the onboarding process, it’s very important to assign a buddy. This means that they’ve immediately got a friend they can run to from your team, with whom they can share their concerns with and ask questions. For instance, there may be some concerns that they could be hesitant to ask their manager directly. So, this buddy is someone that can help them find their way in the organization during the first few days.
- Think Holistically About Improving Your Office
Your office shouldn’t be something that you only treat with a functional purpose of letting your employees perform their job, it should also be a place where your employees feel happy to spend long hours of work in. So, if you want to create any change in your office, think holistically. This means going as far as giving your employees a place to lounge during their breaks. How about free coffee and snacks? A private breastfeeding or pumping station for the working mothers?While these may be little things, they can actually have a huge impact in making your employees feel more like they’re at home. Therefore, they’re comfortable during the eight hours that they spend working in your office.
- Make Them Feel Like They Matter
In the long run, it’s normal for employees to feel like as if they’ve lost their sense of purpose. They may only feel like they’re only doing routine tasks for your company, and all for your benefit and not theirs anyway. The danger with this is that it may make your employees lose sight of the fact that they matter, so even when they’re essentially performing functions for your success, make them feel like they matter too. Give them that sense of pride in the job that they do, wherein without them, your business may not be able to function as efficiently as it should.
- Emphasize Respect
Respect is very important to employees. Even for those that have to report to bosses, this doesn’t mean that they’re any bit lower or less valuable than upper management is. Make it a point to do a regular audit and see if your employees are getting the respect they deserve to have. Be sure to create an environment wherein everyone knows and feels the need and importance of mutual respect. When this is achieved, your employees will feel that their effort is respected and valued. Plus, they also won’t be afraid to speak out if there’s anything that needs to be improved. This way, your employees will have that higher inclination to contribute more to the entire organization.
After reading through this guide, hopefully you now have robust insights on what you can do, to create the positive effect of improving employee engagement.
Remember that all these efforts will be worth it when you begin enjoying the effects of employees that are happy to be a part of your team. The more engaged your employees are, the higher their aptitude of doing more for your company. Whether you’re looking at a remote working arrangement or a physical set up, these tips can apply universally to create a happy and healthy workplace.