During the height of the pandemic, countless employees were ripped off.
Cheating workers out of millions in overtime wages, and threatening job security. Thankfully, a lot of these companies were penalized and had to pay back wages and fines.
Sadly, negative working conditions across the nation can create uncertainty in even the most stable work environments. If you want to keep showing your team that you have their back, you’ll need to increase employee engagement. In this blog post, we’ll give the best tips on how to do just that!
How can you help each member of your workforce thrive? Let’s dive in to find out!
1. Offer Opportunities for Growth
For starters, employee growth is a huge motivator. Even if your employees are happy with their current position and salary, they still want to feel as though they’re capable of more and growing into bigger things in the future. If you can offer them ways for them to grow professionally, that’s better than just offering bonuses or pay raises.
2. Create Room for Creativity
Next, you want to create space for your employees to feel as though they are being innovative and creative with their work. If an employee feels like his or her job is monotonous then it’s unlikely they’ll be very engaged at all.
Start by giving your team a chance to voice their opinion. Next, ask for employee feedback regarding job responsibilities, and their resources for completing them. You never know when an employee will wow you with an out-of-the-box solution for an ongoing productivity issue.
3. Foster a Positive Environment
Of course, you’ll also want to create a positive work environment to improve employee engagement. Positivity doesn’t mean superficial happiness or enforcing a can-do spirit. Instead, positivity is all about taking note of every detail surrounding your workplace.
Is your lighting good comfortable for employees and clients? Are the workstations ergonomically set up? What’s the protocol for when an employee wants to voice a concern? What about breaks, are you making sure your employees take their full 15 minutes?
Overworked, uncomfortable, and unheard employees can quickly lose morale. Fatigue also jeopardizes employee safety across the board. A “positive” work environment, is really a health-centric environment.
4. Increase Productivity With Open Communication
How can you encourage open communication throughout each level of your company? One way is to come up with an official process for your team members to give feedback.
Create a formal system where employees can submit suggestions or grievances through their manager and you. This way, everyone gets heard, and employees get the opportunity to be heard!
Another way to encourage open communication is by encouraging social interactions in the office, between both departments and individuals. If someone has an idea they want to share with your company, seeing them around the workplace will help ease any apprehension they may have felt about approaching you in private. Plus, if someone sees that other people are willing to share their ideas out loud then it’ll make it more likely for them to speak out too.
Embrace Employee Engagement
As you can see, the best way to increase employee engagement is by offering opportunities. Opportunities for growth, making room for creativity and setting up a healthy (positive) work environment. By following these steps, you’ll be able to build an environment where your employees are valued and feel appreciated!
Don’t wait to make your team happy. Start looking around your employee’s workspace today, and brainstorm ways to make things more comfortable.
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