In the past, we’ve talked about why employee engagement is important, what it will do for your bottom line, how it will make your employees happier, etc. We now need to figure out what it is that makes employees happy and motivated. In short, how do you help your employees to stay engaged. Here are some top tips for you to implement that will have an immediate positive impact on employee engagement.
- Lead by Example
The work environment should never be a “do as I say, not as I do” place. If you’re going to talk the talk, you need to walk the walk as well. In other words, lead by example. If you say you’re going to do something, do it. If you have policies that your employees need to follow, you need to follow them too. Never make your employees do things that you wouldn’t be willing to do yourself.
- Recognize Employees’ Work
When you do a job well, you want to be recognized for your efforts. Your employees want exactly the same thing. Make sure you applaud your employees for their efforts, in a genuine and appropriate way. You can also devise a plan where employees recognize each other for work well done.
- Be Sure Everyone Does Their Share
If one employee is working hard all the time, and he or she sees others just sliding by, the hard-working employee will inevitably start to feel taken advantage of. Don’t allow this to happen. Make sure everyone is carrying his or her weight, keeping the whole ship balanced.
- Offer Freedom and Flexibility
Nothing motivates quite like trust. Don’t micromanage your employees. Give them an assignment, and then give them the tools, freedom, and flexibility they need to get the job done. Of course, you will need to step in if you see a problem, but until then, allow your employees to show you what they can do. After all, you hired them for a reason.
- Invest in Employees’ Futures
Employees want professional development opportunities. Yet according to Tiny Pulse’s Engagement Report, only 25 percent of employees feel as though their organizations offer enough opportunities. Give your employees lots of opportunities to obtain new skills and learn new things and watch the motivation soar!
- Promote from Within
When you can, try to promote from within. When your employees see this, they will be assured that opportunities exist for them as well. The assurance will motivate them to work harder to get to that next level.
While keeping your employees engaged doesn’t need to be costly, it can definitely improve your bottom line. Productivity increases when employees feel engaged and your entire company will reap the benefits.