Creating a workplace with engaged employees isn’t that tough to do. You may not even be aware that a disengaged employee(s) is a big caution sign for companies. Companies with disengaged employees can have a 30-50% higher turnover. Turnover equates to lost revenue and no single company is in business to lose money. In order to increase revenue it’s time to work on creating an environment of engaged employees. Engaged employees can increase a company’s bottom line.
How to create engaged employees in the workplace?
Hiring: It starts at the hiring process: Be open and honest on your job descriptions and the role the employee will play within the company. If you create the vision and communication during the hiring process and set an expectation of goals. On day one you will have an engaged employee. It’s that simple, it all starts with hiring the right candidate. Do not be that “boss” the over promise under deliver. This only causes hardship on the new hire and will spread to co-workers. Without a doubt they will be asked how they have felt working for the company. Company moral issues always band together with other disengaged employees and it spreads like a cancer. If you start employee engagement from day one, it’s a much better workplace for you and your employees.
Communication: An open door policy makes employees feel important. Not having one is a big reason a lot of organizations fall apart and have a higher turnover. Employees start communicating amongst themselves and create disengagement based on mutual feelings. When you have open communication and clear direction employees have a very clear insight on how their work impacts the organization and contributes to the company’s future. Allowing the employee to be able to provide feedback, share how they feel and contribute to the company dialog empowers them and keeps engagement levels growing.
Appreciation: Even a small gesture of appreciation speaks volumes. Feeling appreciated is a key element in keeping employees engaged. Most people think pay raises are a way to feel appreciated, but even raises don’t always boost an employee’s engagement. It’s high up there but only lasts so long. Verbally and visually showing employee appreciation goes far beyond a pay raise. If someone does a good job or overcame an obstacle let it be known and appreciated. Recognition to even a small accomplishment makes an employee feel good in their daily duties and they will go beyond. Of course there are times to save things for the big announcements for your monthly or annual company meetings in order to recognize employee success amongst their peers. It’s the daily mundane grind people get forgotten for. So when you show immediate recognition appreciation on a smaller scale throughout the week it builds engagement and boosts motivation.
The key roles in your organization should actively identify the level of engagement in the organization. Striving to pin point the reasons behind the lack of full engagement. Then strive to eliminate those reasons, and implement strategies and moral boosters that will encourage full engagement. Without key leaders as examples of enagement it will be hard to sustain this within the employees you hire.