The way some consultants speak, you’d be forgiven that improving employee engagement is a form of rocket science. It’s not. There’s an element of ‘finding the Holy Grail’ when adjusting the levers to get your organisational culture humming (to mix metaphors) like a jet engine. But the levers are right in front of you. All you have to do is use them.
For people who love to get up in the morning and go to work, it’s more than just a pay cheque that gets them out of bed. A dynamic work place culture, one where improving employee engagement is the dominant attitude, is what draws them back and compels them to do their best. If that’s not happening in your company, it’s time to implement some changes. Here are some strategies that can help improve employee engagement.
It may seem obvious, but you must make sure that the right person is in the right role. So many companies struggle on with a mismatch of skill and position yet fixing this is often a simple case of realigning responsibilities. It enhances the working experience for everyone, produces better results and you probably don’t have to let anyone go.
Boosting skills through mentoring, training or further eduction has an immediate and positive effect on your workplace culture. As a result, everyone wins. Any kind of training programme shows your commitment to helping staff do their job better and helps them fulfil their own work goals. A learning management system (LMS) is a terrific way of furthering training and is a proven method that boosts employee engagement.
Micro-management has a place when supporting underperforming staff, but on the whole it chokes workplace engagement. Enthusiasm and creativity, the building blocks of a successful company, are worn down. Yet when staff are empowered to chart their own course, when they’re trusted and supported to make their own decisions, engagement levels rise.
It’s an open-secret that flexible working arrangements helps increase employee engagement. Whether that’s a WFH (work-from-home) strategy, more flexible hours or providing child-care in the office, your willingness to meet individual needs boosts happiness and productivity. It’s a two-way street though – you give a little and they give a little so that everyone benefits.
If your organisation doesn’t regularly, and publicly, recognise good work, it should. Showing appreciation is not just a nice thing to do, it’s one of the fastest ways to increase trust in the work place. When employees know that their effort is valued there is an immediate, positive effect on their wellbeing and productivity.
Again, none of this is rocket science. But if you really want to improve employee engagement, it’s time to pull a few levers and implement new strategies. Organisations that get it right have a happier, more productive workforce that want to come to work. It’s a win for everyone.
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