Did you know that employee disengagement can cost your company millions of dollars? A study on disengagement in the workplace says that disengagement cost companies around $450B – $500B year. At one point in time, every company experiences a decrease in their team’s engagement levels, affecting productivity at work.
Employee engagement isn’t about making your team happy but finding ways to make your team more passionate, motivated, and invested in the work they do. Think about it, even if your team is happy about the bonuses and benefits you give them that doesn’t mean they will be more engaged in their jobs. So how can you improve your team’s engagement to ensure the success of the business?
Remind your team of your mission
Your brand’s mission is the foundation and the driving force of your company. Reminding your team of your mission statement and core values will help inspire them to be more efficient and productive. You can start by holding meetings and outlining the company’s values, then training your employees about these values. In case some of your employees are working remotely and finding it very difficult to be around for gatherings, you can easily host a virtual face-to-face live session for training or meetings on many platforms online.
You can also make videos about your company’s core values and upload them on the company’s website or YouTube. By doing this, you remind your team of why you started the business and why the values are essential to the company’s success. The training will also remind them what’s expected of them and hold them accountable for their actions.
Reward top performers
If you notice a team member who is a top performer, ensure that you acknowledge, and reward their efforts. By doing this, it will keep them motivated to continue working hard for the company. And when other team members see that you care and appreciate their efforts, it will inspire them to increase their engagement levels at work.
Encourage feedback from employees
When you conduct regular surveys to gather feedback from your employees, it will help you understand what’s working in your business.
Regular surveys give your employees a chance to voice their opinions and are a great way of communication. It also makes them feel like they add value to your company when listening to their views and suggestions. It also fosters the connection they have with the company. Employee feedback is an excellent way to engage your team successfully and inspire them to be more efficient.
Offer a flexible work environment
An effective way of increasing engagement in the workplace is offering flexibility. Flexibility gives your team members the freedom to adjust their schedules to suit their needs.
With the rules and regulations that the pandemic brought, giving your employees opportunities to work from home will increase engagement and productivity, and they’ll know that your company cares for their health and well-being.
Prioritise their mental and physical health
If your company prioritises the well-being of its employees, it makes it easy for them to engage with their job because they feel valued. You can do this by sponsoring a few classes like yoga, meditation classes, fitness classes, which encourage healthier lifestyles beyond the office.
You can also encourage them to practice a balanced lifestyle between work and their life away from work. Please encourage them to take breaks and consider initiatives that help them balance home and work life. Remember also to stock your office kitchen with healthier food options to fuel your team during the day.
Have regular outings
Your organisation’s engagement levels are determined by how your team members relate with each other. You can set outings away from the office regularly to set up opportunities for your employees to connect and build personal relationships with each other.
Having weekend gatherings with your team members is a great way to get to know each other personally. Engaging in fun activities like game night or poker night not only breaks up the monotony of work but encourages collaboration and creativity.
You don’t have to plan a huge event every weekend, but also, a weekly lunch or an evening drink at a local restaurant helps with the winding down from a long busy week. Don’t forget to ask everyone what their suggestions are to provide a variety of the type of events they can be involved in and so that everyone can participate in the outings.