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Enhancing Employee Engagement in the Workplace

06/28/2016

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10 Ways to Actively Engage Employees

Creating an engaging work environment is no easy task, yet every effort to create one is worth it. Employees actively engaged in their work lead directly to higher profitability, happier customers, and reduced turnover rate. Engaged employees are those who are eager to come into work and put forth their best effort every day.

According to a recent study conducted by Gallup Research, more than 70% of U.S. workers are either not engaged or are actively disengaged at work. With numbers as staggering as these, creating an engaging work environment should by a top priority for any supervisor. In this blog, we will cover 10 easy ways to effectively enhance employee engagement.

1. Transparency

Keeping information from employees is never a good idea — it creates an “us versus them” perception of the management/employee relationship. When you trust employees with sensitive information, like how the company is doing financially, they develop a deeper sense of investment in the company, which helps to create a more cooperative atmosphere. Being transparent with your employees has a direct correlation with employee happiness and engagement.

2. Visibility

Visibility should be demonstrated in two ways. First, managers and those in the C-suite (CEO, CFO, COO, etc.) should be visible around the office and available for their employees. Through this, employees will view the higher-ups as approachable and accessible for guidance and assistance. Second, consider publicly recognizing employees for their contributions and achievements. Public affirmation simultaneously motivates the individuals who are doing great work and their peers. 

3. Gratitude

Saying “thank you” is such a simple gesture that it is often overlooked in the workplace, particularly in large corporations. When employees are acknowledged by management and among peers, trust is quickly established, strained relationships are easily restored, and the work place is renewed. Employees who have supportive supervisors are more likely to stay with their company and are 67% more engaged. 

4. Authenticity

Businesses aren’t made up of products, machines, or property — they are made up of people. Building genuine relationships between employees and supervisors inspires trust and builds camaraderie among everyone.

5. Flexibility

Giving employees the freedom to adjust their work schedules or locations to better suit their needs actually results in higher producing, happier, and more engaged employees.

6. Hire Traits and Behaviors

Just because someone has a fancy degree or experience in a particular field does not guarantee performance. If a skilled candidate has a bad attitude, he or she may fail, and that bad attitude could potentially rub off on other employees. Hiring or promoting people with the right behaviors and attitudes will put your business in a better position. After all, you can always teach skills, not attitudes. 

7. Day One Engagement

No one likes filling out hours of paperwork, but all too often, employee on-boarding experiences kill engagement from the onset of the relationship. New employees are eager to get started in their new job. Capitalizing on their enthusiasm and curiosity is a great way to enhance employee engagement — especially since you are engaging them from day one. Put employees immediately to work, help them get to know their peers, and pair them with a mentor. Their first impression of you is just as important as your first impression of them.

8. Volunteer Together

Having employees and management involved in philanthropic causes is a great way to see a direct increase in employee engagement and productivity. Not only will your team become closer, but working together for something good also indicates that your company is more about making a difference in the world, not just making money. 

9. Play Time

Having fun is a crucial part of employee engagement. Not only does it simply break up the monotonous routine of the day-to-day, but it also encourages creativity and collaboration. Pixar Studios is a prime example of this. When hitting a creative wall, employees will play ping-pong or foosball with each other, ride a skateboard around their campus, or even take a 30-minute nap to rejuvenate their creative energies. Allowing employees to do this has enabled the incredibly successful animation studio to be more productive and creative than ever. Even the higher-ups get in on the fun, which further contributes to the authenticity and visibility of the company. 

10. Start at the Top

Be an example of the kind of employee you want your employees to be. Employees quickly adopt the work ethic and attitudes of their supervisors, and when they see their supervisors displaying engaged and healthy workplace behaviors, they too will follow suit. In companies where leaders model the desired company behavior, employees are 55% more engaged and 53% more focused. To put it simply, be a leader, not a boss. 

If you want to know what types of things will help your employees be more engaged, just ask them. You might be surprised at how simple the solution may be. These 10 easy steps should be more than enough to get you on your way to enhancing employee engagement, and with the help of LBMC Employment Partners, your employees will be happier and more engaged than ever.

Contact your local LBMC Employment Partners representative today!

Sources: Entrepreneur