Engaged employees are “those who are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace,” according to Gallup. Unfortunately, many employees struggle to be fully engaged because they are stressed, burned out, or feel like their work lacks purpose; however, this can be remedied by leadership making it a priority to cultivate a work environment that encourages job satisfaction. Learn more with these 12 tactics to improve employee engagement:
1. Allow More Flexibility
Micromanagement is the engagement killer – employees who lack the opportunity for autonomy feel like they are not trusted or respected by their employer. Allow for more flexibility, such as with scheduling or remote work, to give your employees more say in their roles and thus, increase engagement.
2. Be Transparent
There is often a risk of employees viewing their bosses in a suspicious manner, which can be a major hurdle to engagement – after all, why would they want to go above and beyond for someone whose motives they don’t trust? Be transparent when you communicate with your team to show that you are sincere and willing to share crucial information with them.
3. Support Professional Growth
If you want your employees to feel personally invested in their job performances, they need to feel like their hard work will benefit them professionally. Even if raises and promotions aren’t necessarily possible, do what you can to support their professional growth. Mentor them by providing key advice or allow them to step out of their comfort zones to gain experience in new areas to boost their resumes.
4. Encourage Breaks
Even your most hardworking, ambitious employees can become disengaged if they overwork themselves. Encourage breaks to reduce the risk of burnout. Be very direct with your recommendations for them to take time away during the workday, so they won’t think it will somehow poorly reflect on their work ethic if they do so.
5. Solicit Feedback
Give your employees a chance for their voices to be hard as a way to increase engagement. Solicit their feedback and opinions on projects, policies, and other company news to make them feel like their perspectives are respected, and they are truly valued contributors.
6. Get Clear on Expectations and Goals
If employees don’t know where they stand in terms of how their performances are considered, they can quickly lose motivation. Get clear on expectations and goals so your team knows exactly what to do and whether or not they are on the right track.
7. Create a Pleasant Environment
Take an objective look at the appearance and functionality of your workplace. Whether it’s visually drab and impersonal looking or equipment is slow and outdated, it can affect your employees’ moods. Create a pleasant environment, such as hanging some framed pictures or upgrading your office tools, to improve morale, which in turn can improve engagement.
8. Prioritize Work-Life Balance
The ability to get away from work is absolutely crucial for employees to recharge and come back more energized and productive. If engagement seems to be lacking, take a look at your company culture in regards to work-life balance. Ensure appropriate boundaries are in place so employees do not feel pressured never to take a vacation or respond to non-urgent inquiries during their off-hours.
9. Plan Socialization Time
When employees form relationships beyond the strictly professional, they are more likely to feel a connection. They truly want to work to the best of their ability and help one another for the good of the team. To encourage natural relationship-building, plan socialization time into the workday every so often so employees can get to know each other on a more personal level.
10. Do Good Together
Employees are more likely to feel an affinity to their employer if its core values align with their own personal ones. A great team-building activity to also increase engagement is volunteering together for a cause that is meaningful to all involved.
11. Work Together
Collaboration is the key to transitioning your employees from a group of colleagues to an actual team. When people feel like they are part of a team at work, they are more likely to find deeper satisfaction from their roles because they have a sense of belonging.
12. Say Thanks
Perhaps the most effective tactic for improving employee engagement is also the simplest: expressing your appreciation. A well-timed and genuine “thank you” to your employees makes it clear to them that you acknowledge the effort they put in, and value it. Give sincere, detailed compliments to your individual employees when they go above and beyond, as well as broader group thanks.
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