How to incorporate employee engagement?

After reading our previous blogs, you should now have a better understanding of the whole employee engagement thing. If not, you might want to read them as it is important to have sufficient background information before trying to change things in your strategy.
There is so much information out there about how to incorporate employee engagement that you may get overwhelmed while figuring out what ways are the best and not that expensive. Well, to help you, I wrote down the most commonly used yet inexpensive ways to introduce engagement to your daily management.
But before going into detail on every one of those, remember that there is no right or wrong way to get staff members
engaged. The only thing that you could do wrong is not engaging them at all or not enough.

1. Recognition

This is definitely not something that has to be expensive. Just show appreciation to your employees for all their hard work. This can be done by a simple ‘thank you’ as well as something more complicated like a gift or access to a platform with multiple benefits. Recognizing your employees will keep them motivated and satisfied. Research has concluded that workers, who don’t get appreciated for their work on occasion, are more likely to leave the company than those who are receiving appreciation from their employer.

2. Clarify goals & responsibilities

When people know exactly, which means very detailed, what they have to do, they are more likely to accomplish it.
You, as an employer, can start to explain the tasks and why they need to be done. In this way, everyone knows what they have to do and also what the result has to be since they know what it is ought to serve. After that set a specific deadline. This will motivate your employees to work harder and get everything done in time.

3. Reduce stress

Nobody works well under stress or in a stressful environment. Make sure that the workplace is stress free and that your employees get enough breaks so their mind stays at peace.

4. Invest in training your employees

Some companies might think that offering training to their staff is wasted time. That could not be further from the truth. Allowing your employees to develop themselves by learning new things will be a great added value to your business. They will stay up-to- date with everything going on in the market, all the technological evolutions and in the end, that will save you a lot of time and money. How you might ask yourself? Simply because they will be more efficient and they don’t have to try and figure everything out themselves. Isn’t that a great win-win situation?

5. Give feedback

Pulling your employees down, when their work is not what you expected it to be, is not the right way to lead a team. Instead of motivating them to change their approach, you will demotivate them and that is the least you want to do. Better is to give constructive criticism and tell them what you expect but still give them appreciation for the work they already did. You will see that people will get more done if you give them advice and steer them in the right direction instead of making them feel unworthy. Incorporate these simple steps into your HR strategy and you will notice how much more engaged your employees will become. Even if you don’t notice it from their attitude, which is quite impossible, you will definitely notice it in the growth of your business.

Morgan Strauwen
Social media manager

Posted on Apr 25, 2018