Ideas to Increase Employee Engagement

July 21, 2021 | 148 views

Ideas to Increase Employee Engagement
Ideas to Increase Employee Engagement

Managers are interested in getting the best performance from employees for their organization. There is a lot of noise about how employee engagement helps achieve that goal. Engaged employees are more productive and help increase productivity. They are committed to company success and help reduce employee turnover.

But what exactly is employee engagement? We must understand the goal before we can implement useful techniques to reach it. Employee engagement refers to the extent to which an employee is invested in the work, motivated by the company’s success, and passionate about how they contribute to that success. It is not simply satisfaction, although engaged employees are more satisfied in their work.

Employee engagement will vary by type of industry, too. A hospital setting will demand integrity specific to patient care, for example, compared to the overall workforce. But integrity and management style always matter, and an industry adapts its engagement measurements accordingly using several possible methods. As managers strive to develop engaged employees, choosing the best ways may be the most difficult part. Engagement can be increased through multiple options:

  1. Solidify your mission and values. Then make them paramount. Your company mission and how you achieve it are integral parts of the integrity employees seek. When they buy into your vision, they move the company forward.
  2. Emphasize accountability. Holding employees (and yourself) accountable demonstrates commitment. Employees will disengage if you maintain a willy-nilly approach to management.
  3. Create career paths. Even small businesses can offer learning opportunities for employees to advance their skills. When employees know what is expected of them, they commit to a growth plan.
  4. Really listen. If employees know you will take them seriously, they will provide honest feedback. You might not like hearing all of it, but employee perspective is part of keeping them engaged. You can listen one-on-one or foster graffiti walls in break rooms. Just keep the talk-talk going.
  5. Make communication easy. Most employees need mobile communication as part of the employment relationship. From text and emails to scheduling updates, get information out quickly and easily.
  6. ID the internal influencer. You know the one. She’s on Instagram and sending messages to colleagues. Employ her skills to promote your team’s goals and help drive your business success.
  7. Share successes. A new account or a new skill or a letter of appreciation each deserves touting. When we recognize top performers, they recommit and more deeply engage.
  8. Get personal. Create short videos about employees that share hobbies and outside interests. When we know our colleagues on a personal level, we interact with more humanity.

Any methods you choose will contribute to higher levels of employee engagement, that is, motivated employees who are passionate about their work and your company’s success. By valuing individual team members, group goals are much more achievable.

Author Profile Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. For many years, Atlas Business Solutions has been named one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies.

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