Without employees, an organisation wouldn’t exist. And without motivated employees, an organisation would not be able to thrive. This is why increasing employee engagement is crucial to ensuring your organisation functions optimally.
Here are 10 ways to help you increase employee engagement:
1. Challenge your employees.
People want to develop and learn, and so if an employee is challenged, it’s personally rewarding. Additionally, challenged employees benefit organisations. They can use their newly gained skills and knowledge in their work to benefit the organisation. Moreover, if employees can gain new skills and knowledge in their organisation, they would be less likely to look for work elsewhere. It’s a win-win situation for all.
This could include implementing a mentoring program, or even fitness challenges. The drive it takes to challenge oneself, even activities facilitated unrelated to work can benefit staff engagement.
2. Have regular conversations around career progressions.
Employees want new challenges and opportunities to stay engaged in their work, grow their skills, and advance in their careers. A Pulse Study from AHRI found that a key reason employees remain in a company is opportunities for career progression.
Conversations around career progressions should be front and centre. It also shows that you care about your employees.
3. Invest in your employees.
We all know the survey results; most people are not happy at work.
The best performing businesses place learning at the centre of their employee experience. They provide opportunities for individualised development and closing the gap between what employees are offered and what they actually need. Firstly, this continuous growth and improvement would make employees more motivated. Secondly, also more equipped, and engaged to take on new challenges within the role and organisation.
Investing in your teams also puts out the good word in the marketplace helping you attract the best talent.
4. Encourage flexible working.
Back in 2016, a report by Morgan McKinley on Flexible Work Practices found that in Australia, 94% of employees felt the option to work flexibly helps attract and retain talent. In COVID times, flexible work has become more relevant than ever. Employees are increasingly looking for the perfect balance between work and life. By allowing and encouraging flexible work options, you help to foster a friendly work environment and drive a more positive attitude. Which in turn increases employee productivity and retention.
5. Emphasise meaningful work.
Engaged employees who are doing meaningful work have a clear understanding of how they contribute to the company’s mission, purpose and strategic objectives. This is why it’s so important to communicate the meaning and also put the right people in the right role.
Connect purpose to your businesses day to day, and the daily contribution of your employee. How are your staff contributing to your overall sustainability targets? What are the outcomes of your charitable activities employees have been involved in?
6. Model your core values and emphasise your mission.
Employees are most engaged when there’s a goal they understand and a purpose to inspire them. Your core values and mission statement are the foundation of your company culture, which affects your employee engagement.
Start by creating a concise list of company core values, then train each employee in these values. Doing so will guarantee employees understand the importance of the company’s values, how they positively impact the business, and what is expected of them. And also identify which of their personal values align with the business, forming a deeper connection to their work.
7. Check in often.
Gone are the days of simply relying on six-month reviews for providing feedback. Today’s workforce craves regular feedback, which then leads to faster correction if necessary. This is especially relevant in the time of COVID, when employees are potentially feeling disengaged from the traditional face-to-face work environment.
Create virtual rooms where employees can pop in and out of to feel the presence of others, set up virtual games nights to add social elements to the week, or even make sharing in meetings commonplace to form support networks.
8. Prioritise physical and mental health.
It’s easy for individuals to engage with their work when companies make an effort to maintain their overall well-being. A company-wide wellness initiative is a great way to improve employee engagement. We all know about taking sick days, but companies are increasingly encouraging employees to take mental health days when they need to step away from work to focus on themselves.
This comes especially from the top down. While this may be in some policies, truely allowing your employees to feel they can utilise these options is the key to success, and uptake will reduce over time with greater wellbeing.
9. Conduct employee engagement surveys regularly.
Not only will regular employee engagement surveys help you understand what’s working and what needs to be improved, they will also make your employees feel valued. Employee feedback is essential to successfully engage your workforce, so it’s a win-win situation once again!
Allowing your employees to have input in what activities you provide for any of the tips on our list will do wonders for engagement. What interests do your teams have? How can these flow across departments? What access or time constraints do we need to work with so everyone feels included?
10. Coordinate volunteering opportunities.
You know we needed to include this one!
Employees want to know they work for a company that cares about making a positive contribution to society, and volunteering is perfect for that! It unites employees toward a larger purpose, whilst offering an opportunity to connect on a deeper level.
That’s what our role at Communiteer is – to connect corporate employees with not-for-profit organisations that might need their skills.
Not only do we need to provide our employees with ways they can contribute, but also the opportunities that align with their personal values, the skills they have to contribute or perhaps the new skills and activities they’ve been wanting to try out for awhile.
To find out how Communiteer can support you with employee engagement, head here!