Workplace efficiency is often times directly related to the mindset of employees. In fact, a recent study from Towers Watson confirms the fact that engaged employees are considered to be more satisfied and loyal to their companies, while those who feel disengaged describe their work life as being unsupported and unfulfilled. As a manager, how can you use a well thought out business strategy to alter the workplace environment and inspire an increase in employee engagement? It all begins with an understanding of the factors that an individual employee values.
Is the employee going to be challenged by the work and will they value the experience?
Does the employee have ample opportunity to grow professionally?
A low wage can cause employees to resent their managers and workplace, even if they love the work they are doing. Be sure to provide a fair compensation for the hard work of your employees.
Recognition for accomplishment
Employees value positive reinforcement just as much as their paycheck. Be sure to pay attention to the triumphs of your team members and deliver an appropriate amount of praise for noticeable successes.
Feeling of value within a team setting
Employees need to feel that they belong within their workplace and that their contributions are integral for the business strategy associated with the long term team goals.
Pride in the goals of the work environment
It is important for an employee to feel as though they would personify the same traits of support for the subject of their work inside and out of the office.
You might ask, “How do I get my employees engaged?” Fear not, here are four tips for getting started. They are:
- Give them a why: Employees will be more encouraged to perform tasks with higher levels of engagement if they are given a reason as to why it must be completed.
- Ask questions: Open a dialogue with employees. Managers are known for speaking statements and giving assignments, but asking questions will keep the lines of communication open and flowing in duel directions, making for a more cohesive and engaged workplace.
- Stop, collaborate and listen: Managers delegate work to their team members on a daily basis. It is part of their job description as manager, but the most important step of creating an effective and engaged business strategy among employees is collaboration. Work with your team members and position yourself as a creative ally. Allow your employees a chance to offer input, suggestions and solutions to the work at hand. When they can create they are intimately involved and feel connected.
- Create learning opportunities: Be willing to teach your employees by creating a supportive and engaged learning environment within the workplace. This could be as simple as correcting a small error while demonstrating a new technique for error avoidance.
With nearly 60% of all workers claiming to feel disengaged and detached within the workplace, it is imperative for employers to implement a business strategy for increasing the engagement level of employees. By doing this, a manager is enabling team members to leave behind a clock in and clock out transactional employee like mind set.
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