Employee engagement – What actually works?
Employees are what keeps a company running and happy employees are a vital part of a successful organisation. At Consortium we are always looking for innovative ways to help keep the team happy and creative. There are some very simple ways to increase and encourage employee engagement. Having a balanced work life, supporting a better employee experience, encouraging learning opportunities and giving more employee recognition/feedback, are just a few examples of ways to increase employee engagement.
Work life balance
Work life inevitably is an important part of an employee’s life, people put a lot of energy and passion into their work. However, their personal life is equally, if not more important;asking employees to work late will have an impact on them even if they claim to not mind. Therefore, being open to ideas employees have about balancing their work and personal life is crucial. Whether this is just allowing more flexibility and being more accommodating to their working hours. This will improve the office efficiency and productivity.
Discover what matters to them
Discovering the needs of employees will help the company to accommodate everyone comfortably. These could vary from essential items, such as a comfortable office chair to a rewarding snack bowl in the staff room or occasional staff events. Getting feedback from employees will help you to discover what they really desire and what would help them engage more in their work.
Appreciation and feedback
Similarly, employees want to feel appreciated. Analysing and reviewing employee performance increases engagement. Employees want to and expect to be reviewed regularly on their current performance. Having it recorded means they can review their performance and see what has caused an increase or decrease in their work. It is vital to recognise work that employees have done, especially if they have exceeded expectations. Being rewarded for an increase in performance creates positivity and will further boost the employee’s engagement.
It is worth investing in technology to track employee’s’ performance through productivity and feedback tools as well as learning apps. This will give you an insight into how employees engage with their work and what motivates them. Identifying and building upon these factors should result in a rise in employee satisfaction, engagement levels and overall experience. At Consortium we carry out personality tests which establish our strengths and weaknesses, identifying areas to focus on and improve.
Positive work culture
Employees want to gain benefits from their workplace. Which could be professional growth and opportunities through training courses that they suggest going on. Developing their skills in a relevant area they are interested in. Building relationships with colleagues will strengthen the work produced by employees, this is because as a team they will feel very comfortable around each other and feel free to discuss ideas at any time. This will also build a culture within the company, which will give all employees a sense of inclusion and feel part of a team in the work environment.
Additionally, employees want to have learning opportunities within their role and feel as though they have long-term potential within the company, especially newer generations and millennials. They will only see this job as temporary unless they have a clear progression plan. Creating a strategic career development plan for each employee where goals and achievements are set for themselves, giving them an ambition. This will help them see what they are giving individually to the company. Setting targets for employees and regularly giving them feedback will give them mentoring and show they are developing themselves along with the company. You might even want to consider a formal coaching or mentoring scheme for employees to take part in.
It is essential that employees feel comfortable around their manager/boss. Having a leader who isapproachable, responsible, empathetic and puts great trust and focus on the team will build a positive work culture. This will result in improved employee behaviour, reactions and overall performance.
Feeling supported in the workplace will increase employee engagement, it shows empathy and care. Employees will respect this. Having policies in place for all employees who suffer from disabilities is essential. There has been a rise in people being diagnosed with mental health illnesses and having a support system in place for those employees is essential. Making sure that work accommodation is satisfactory for every member of staff. Having a disability management programme in place will reassure all staff with disabilities, making them feel more comfortable in their working environment. Being understanding when an employee has an injury or health issue. Such as allowing your employee to have time off to recover from an illness or injury. It is worth investing in technology to track the health and wellbeing of your staff.
A workplace with a high level of diversity has a greater level of creativity, innovationand engagement in their work. In this environment everyone feels included and comfortable to speak up when they need to, they know that their opinion is valued and counts towards the company. At Consortium we are a small team with a range of ages and backgrounds, we work well together as a team because we are all accepting and have the same goals in mind.
Flat hierarchical structure
Lastly, removing the hierarchical structure will help the overall feel of the environment within the company. Employees want to feel as though they are appreciated and treated as humans, all with equal respect. This will bring the colleagues together as a team and form culture. Once this happens they will understand that each individual person impacts the company and encourages engagement with work. They will not want to let other members of the team down, as well as want to work as a team to succeed as a company.