Improving Employee Engagement at Work
Are you wondering about how to improve employee engagement? Here are some examples:
1. Hire new employees based on their attitude and personality
This doesn’t mean that education and experience isn’t relevant when trying to fill a vacant position. When the HR team is looking at two candidates with similar backgrounds, give the edge to the person with the attitude and personality you feel that will be the
best fit for your organization.
This is the employment brand you want your company associated with. Someone can have great credentials on paper but if they can’t communicate well with colleagues they end up being a fly in the ointment of your company. This becomes an ongoing problem.
2. Make your workplace reflect the community you serve through diversity in hiring
It’s important to have a business that is sensitive to the needs of its customers. By employing a workforce that includes people of all ages and from different cultural backgrounds, you will have a better understanding of your customer base. Your company will also gain a reputation as HR leaders, and you may end up with a wider base of candidates to choose from when filling available positions.
3. Let all employees know that inclusion is one of your company values
Let everyone know that all voices are welcome at your company. Engaged employees have ideas they are willing to share, either in meetings or by e-mail, with their managers.
Encourage everyone to share their thoughts and ideas, even if the company does not decide to implement them.
Inclusion and Diversity Community – LumApps
4. Show respect for everyone in the workplace
This should be a given for every interaction on a company-wide basis, whether it is verbal or written. All employees, no matter what their job title or area of responsibility, should be aware that no one will be allowed to treat anyone else in a disrespectful manner.
5. Assign a buddy/mentor to each new hire
Starting a new job can be stressful for a new team member.
You want their employee journey to start on a positive note. Let your new employee know they have someone they can approach for help and advice in the early days of their employment and going forward. They can ask human resources for help, too. It will help the new person feel more comfortable as they get settled in and will allow them to picture themselves as long-term employees from the start.
6. Plan for each new hire’s first day of work and be prepared
Don’t let your new hire feel like an afterthought when they arrive at work. Have a space ready for them to place their belongings when they arrive. Prepare their workspace in advance so that their desk is stocked with essentials when they first sit down. Make sure someone goes over the office layout and points out the essentials (where the restrooms are located and where the break room is so your new employee can get a cup of coffee).
7. Complete the onboarding paperwork in advance
When a new employee joins, there’s a lot of paperwork to be completed. To ensure the new team member’s day runs smoothly, forward the documents to your new hire in advance. The paperwork can be filled in and emailed, faxed, or mailed to your Human Resources Department before your new hire’s start date.
LumApps Onboarding Center
8. Ensure employees have everything they need to do their work properly
Make sure your workers have their basic needs looked after before you start thinking about other methods of trying to boost employee engagement.
Invest in the specific tools and systems they need to do their work properly. If you can minimize distractions that waste time and lead to stress and frustration for your team members, it is a bonus for both of you. Productivity and employee satisfaction will increase.
9. Put your new hires to work on the first day
Let your new team members start contributing from the day they start work. They may need to complete training on company procedures or some specific equipment; however, there must be some parts of their job they can start on immediately.
10. Allow employees to make decisions within their areas of responsibility
No one likes to be micro-managed at work. Let your employees know that you trust them by letting them make decisions (and make it clear when they should turn matters over to a manager or supervisor).
11. Assign company values to an employee
Each month, select one of your company values and assign it to an employee who exemplifies it. The employee will be selected by his or her peers. Make a point of announcing the person who best reflects the value to all your employees and on your company’s social media posts.
12. Establish a long-term employee engagement plan
Improving employee engagement should be an ongoing part of your company culture. This is not something you can start to embrace for a year or two because it is trendy and then drop because it doesn’t seem to suit your business goals. When employee engagement is done right,
it provides multiple benefits for a company. Ensuring positive experiences at work for employees should be considered a lifestyle for your business, not a fad.
13. Encourage employees to take care of their physical and mental health
Start by setting a good example by looking after your health. See your doctor and dentist for regular check-ups. Make it easy for your employees to take time off from work to do the same.
14. Ask employees what they think by conducting employee engagement surveys
An employee may be spending more time at work than with their “significant other” (once you take into account time for sleep). Given the major time commitment involved, it’s vital that employees feel engaged at work and that their efforts matter.
Conducting a confidential employee engagement survey at regular intervals will help you to keep track of what you are doing that employees like and areas they would like to see improved.
15. Ask employees which tasks they enjoy doing most, then let them do them as often as possible
Employees want to do well at work and be appreciated by their employer. Those who feel appreciated will be engaged in their work. They also want to be given the chance to do their best work. All of these elements make for a great employee experience.
Managers often don’t know which employees are best suited to certain tasks. The manager doesn’t take the time to
ask about team member passions and interests regarding their work or take the employees’ skills into account when assigning tasks. Let employees specify which tasks they especially like (and dislike) so that the manager can assign the employee tasks they like more often. The disagreeable tasks can be rotated throughout the team so that no one gets stuck with them all the time.
Why is Employee Engagement Important
16. Establish an open-door policy for questions or concerns
If you want your employees to feel comfortable being open with managers, they need to know that they can do so without concerns about being judged or criticized. It is not easy taking the initiative to approach a manager for a discussion. Let employees know that they can do so without fear of any negative consequences.
17. Recognize employees’ efforts for a job well done
Employees who go above and beyond the call of duty should have
their efforts recognized by their manager in some way. If you can’t reward your employee financially by giving them a bonus, see if you can give them some extra vacation time or gift certificates for dinner at a nice restaurant. With your Employee Engagement Platform, make sure the employee knows why they are receiving the reward and you will increase the likelihood that your employee will remain engaged going forward.
LumApps Recognition Center
18. Consult with employees when deciding on an appropriate dress code
Unless you are working in a very conservative industry (law or banking, for example), you may want to consider whether your employees really need to come to work wearing a business suit.
Is business casual (dress pants and a button-down shirt) a better fit for your company?
If your team members aren’t involved in client-facing roles, can they come to work wearing jeans and T-shirts if that is the attire that makes them feel comfortable?
Would a better option be to allow employees to “dress down” by wearing casual clothes one day per month?
19. Share and recognize employees’ achievements away from work
In 2021, savvy companies understand that employees have an entire life away from the workplace. Take the time to celebrate their achievements during their downtime by sharing it in a weekly huddle with your team or in the company newsletter.
Support side projects by encouraging your employees to discuss them during these sessions or submitting the details for the newsletter.
20. Suggest that your employees become company ambassadors
Your employees are already using social media in their personal lives. Your company needs to share its story with the public. You can’t force any of your employees to share positive messages about your company online; however, you can suggest that they post things about work on their personal accounts, using internal solutions such as a
Social Advocacy Platform.
Before your employees post anything, you’ll want to go over what kinds of messages are appropriate and which ones are not. A good rule to keep in mind is that if someone wouldn’t post something on a billboard on a busy highway for everyone to see, then it probably shouldn’t be posted on a social media site.
LumApps Employee Social Advocacy Example
21. Let employees know how their work advances the company’s goals
Employees may not see how their efforts help the company advance its vision for the year (and beyond). If they understand how valuable they are, employees will see how their work is an investment in the company’s success, which will also benefit them. Explain to them how their work impacts the company and why it is important for them to continue to give their best effort.
22. Keep your team up to date on company “inside” information
Don’t let your employees be the last to know about what is happening inside their organization. Make a point of keeping them informed through blog posts, regular announcements, or company-wide announcements (in real-time) so that they always know about the direction the company is taking or challenges it is facing before the news becomes public.
LeaderShip Corner – LumApps
23. Be flexible and allow employees to move laterally within the company
At times, employees will want to try a different role. This may be because they may be curious about a different career path or there may be personal reasons why a different job may appeal to them (more flexible hours, different work schedule, possibility of remote work, etc.). Work with employees to create a path to get them into a different role. This will help your company retain experienced employees when they may have otherwise moved on.
24. Support employees by helping them develop their skills
Let your employees know you encourage them in developing their employment skills by reimbursing their tuition (partially or in full) for work-related education programs. Your workers will stay motivated and be prepared for future opportunities within the company. This is a highly effective employee engagement program.
25. Encourage employees to be innovative
Your employees can bring some interesting and creative ideas to the table for improving how the company runs and/or saving money. Let them know that these ideas are always welcome, whether or not the company decides to implement them.
If the company does implement an employee’s idea, give the worker credit for it. Recognize them publicly for their contribution.