Is employee engagement a priority to your organization? It should be. Engaged employees are passionate workers, with an intense loyalty to their companies. For you, that means increased profitability; that’s the good news. The bad news: there’s a good chance your employees aren’t as engaged as you may think.
According to Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace 2013 report, a dismal 13 percent of employees worldwide are engaged at work. How can you make sure your workplace doesn’t fall into that terrible percentile? Here are 5 simple changes you can start implementing today to improve engagement.
1. Make a point of checking in
Step away from your intimidating office once in a while to make yourself available and approachable, or as Tim Eisenhauer calls it in Entrepreneur, “visible.” How do you do that? Ask questions, and start conversations outside formally scheduled meetings. Apart from taking an active interest in the team, you’ll also get first-hand insight into how your employees are doing, what problems are arising, and what changes need to be made.
2. Provide dynamic tools for internal communications
Encouraging communication among your employees will make them feel like they’re part of a team: something bigger than themselves. This is particularly important in a larger company, with multiple departments working across long distances. A tool like Foko can give employees the power to share content with each other internally.
3. Recognize a job well done
Easier than an employee-of-the-month program, and more effective. It’s acknowledging good work with a simple “thank you” on an ongoing basis to motivate and build trust. It sends a message that their hard work matters, and hasn’t gone unnoticed. In exchange, they’ll want to keep up the good work.
4. Let loose once in a while
Work hard, play hard: it’s a cliche for a reason. Providing opportunities for everyone to let their hair down and have fun makes employees associate work with so much more than just the daily grind. It also helps your them bond outside of their regular tasks, which is hugely important to workplace satisfaction. Plan a pub night, pot luck, dress-up day, or volunteer program. Make sure to snap a few photos and share the memories with the team afterward.
5. Offer flexible work schedules
Flexible hours and the ability to work from home is becoming an expectation, not just a perk. Giving your employees the autonomy to choose their own hours helps with work-life balance, making for much happier workers. TINYpulse explains that workplaces with flexible schedules also enjoy higher employee retention. An added bonus: employees also more motivated to “check in” with work in their off hours.
Employee engagement isn’t going to happen overnight, but with a few small changes your organization can be well on its way to a happier, more engaged workforce.