Employee engagement involves employees making collective and individual efforts toward attaining organizational goals. Employees are not just focused on their own needs, but those of the organization as a whole. Sounds like an employer’s dream, right? So how do you create a culture where employee engagement is automatic? Here are a few suggestions to consider:
Ask the right questions
When your employees are engaged in their work, it makes your company look really good. Remember to check in with your employees from time to time to ensure they have the resources needed for success. What do they need to be most effective in their role? What do they need from you to be more committed to both their position and the organization? Once you know what they need, make it happen. Actions speak louder than words.
Address challenges head on
Don’t let issues fester or rumors swirl. Addressing company challenges head on with your employees is a great way to gain their trust and even engage them in finding a solution. No one likes surprises when it comes to our livelihood. Employees know when something is just not right or information is being withheld. Lack of open, honest communication can create a rift between upper management and the staff – resulting in distrust. Employees cannot fully engage in the business if they always feel in the dark.
Provide opportunities to get involved
Keeping employees in a bubble, focused only their role, will not support your efforts toward an engaged culture. An employee needs to understand the big picture and how her role impacts the bottom-line. Provide opportunities for your staff to participate in new projects or team meetings. When given these types of opportunities, employees become more organizationally aware, see the greater value in their work, and learn new skills.
There is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach to increasing employee engagement. What works for one company, may not work for another. However, when you take the time to listen to your employees, take action when needed, and encourage your teams to get involved, you are well on your way to creating the engaged culture you have always dreamed of for your company. Looking for ways to get your employees more engaged? Give us a call. We partner with our clients every day to improve employee relations, corporate culture, and overall HR strategy.