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5 Employee Engagement Strategies That Work

5 Employee Engagement Strategies That Work

When it comes to employee engagement, there really is no one magical solution that can be applied across all organisations. While there are many strategies that you can utilise to foster and grow employee engagement, it’s still really important for you to be able to narrow down your options to end up only with the best for your business. Every business is unique after all. This means matching your strategies with the kind of business that you have. Otherwise, any mismatch could render your efforts entirely futile.

Here at The People Shed, we sometimes come across businesses that are really struggling to build an engaged, loyal, happy workforce……so where are they going wrong and what measures can they put in place to improve levels of engagement in their business?

Employee Engagement refers to the overall emotional and mental aptitude that your team has relating to their job. This goes beyond just that willingness to do the tasks that are required of them from day-to-day. Your employees must feel strongly and positively about your business, and that it’s the best place for them to be able to achieve their goals.

That said, here are five engagement strategies you should consider, as you rethink any current strategies that your business may have:

 

Have Team Photos In Your Employee Lounge Areas

Rather than simply clutter your bulletin boards or employee lounge areas with office memoranda and reminders, it really helps to switch things up from time to time also by including photos of your team working together. You can even put up a ‘best employee’ feature monthly; this can encourage your employees to do more, even if the prize is a simple supermarket voucher. If you’ve recently done a team-building activity or a family day, put up photos of these. If you are able to snap candid photos of your team having a good laugh while at your coffee area during their break, consider sharing these with the group. These photos can help create that sense of family life in your organisation, much like how portraits on a wall can do the same for a family. It’s a good way of showing (and reminding) everyone that you all are one family in the office. This can greatly increase morale and improve workers’ aptitude to do more for your business.

 

Assign A Buddy For Every Newcomer

It’s normal for newcomers to feel like a new kid at school for their first day. They’re often lost, shy, and can feel intimidated and confused as to what it is they should be doing. To avoid situations where newcomers don’t feel welcomed during the onboarding process, it’s very important to assign a buddy. This means that they’ve immediately got a friend they can run to from your team, with whom they can share their concerns and ask questions. For instance, there may be some concerns that they could be hesitant to ask their manager directly. So, this buddy is someone that can help them find their way into the organisation during the first few days.

 

Think Holistically About Improving Your Office

Your office shouldn’t be something that you only treat with a functional purpose of letting your employees perform their job, it should also be a place where your employees feel happy to spend long hours of work. So, if you want to create any change in your office, think holistically. This means going as far as giving your employees a place to relax during their breaks. How about free coffee and snacks for employees? A private breastfeeding or pumping station for the working mothers? While these may be little things, they can actually have a huge impact on making your employees feel more like they’re at home. Therefore, they’re comfortable during the eight hours that they spend working in your office.

 

Make Them Feel Like They Matter

In the long run, it’s normal for employees to feel like they’ve lost their sense of purpose. They may only feel like they’re only doing routine tasks for your company, and all for your benefit and not theirs anyway. The danger with this is that it may make your employees lose sight of the fact that they matter, so even when they’re essentially performing functions for your success, make them feel like they matter too. Give them that sense of pride in the job that they do, wherein without them, your business may not be able to function as efficiently as it should.

 

Emphasise Respect

Respect is very important to employees. Even for those that have to report to bosses, this doesn’t mean that they’re any bit lower or less valuable than upper management is. Make it a point to do a regular audit and see if your employees are getting the respect they deserve to have. Be sure to create an environment wherein everyone knows and feels the need and importance of mutual respect. When this is achieved, your employees will feel that their effort is respected and valued. Plus, they also won’t be afraid to speak out if there’s anything that needs to be improved. This way, your employees will have that higher inclination to contribute more to the entire organisation.

 

Conclusion

After reading through this guide, hopefully, you now have robust insights on what you can do. From this starting point, you can start working on a plan for your business to create the positive effect of improving employee engagement.

Remember that all these efforts will be worth it when you begin enjoying the effects of employees that are happy to be a part of your team. The more engaged your employees are, the higher their aptitude for doing more for your company. Whether you’re looking at a remote working arrangement or a physical setup, these tips can apply universally to create a happy and healthy workplace.

 

For more information on employee engagement and how The People Shed can help you and your business, call one of the team on 0330 400 4482.

 

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