When employees are satisfied at their workplace, it doesn’t mean they are engaged with the company. Employee engagement is the state of mind of an employee where they are both rationally and emotionally committed to their work. Their past events, present experiences and future expectations with their organization motivates them to put energy and effort into their work. They are willing to give their best to achieve goals for the company and not just do their work so they can stay longer in the company.
Employees can appreciate perks given by their company such as health insurance for themselves and their family members, performance bonuses, team dinners and so on without actually feeling committed to their missions or being loyal to their company.
How can you create greater employee engagement at your company?
Let employees have impact on the company
Employees look for ways to create an impact on their company. Organizing open talks and brainstorming sessions allows employees to share their ideas with their colleagues and give them a clearer vision of the company’s goals for the future. Let employees know who the company’s clients are so they know who they are working for. This makes them more committed to their work and they’ll provide better quality in their service. Besides, giving employees more independence helps them to be more initiative and gain more self-confidence.
Healthy relationships between colleagues
Create tasks or projects which demands employees to collaborate together. This way, they’ll help one another and increase their communication skills. Encourage employees to have short breaks and create a space where they can feel more relaxed to have conversations that are not related to work. This allows them to build a greater relationship and hence, help one another more easily.
Good relationships with managers
Allocating five minutes of your time to give a positive feedback, a simple advice, or showing gratitude to employees for their good work on a daily basis will cheer them up and uplift their confidence level in their managers. Spend time having individual talks with your employees to better understand the difficulties they are facing and how you can help them solve it. By doing this, managers express care towards personal growth and definitely have an impact on them emotionally.
A comfortable workspace
Having a calm and silent workplace guarantees high level of concentration for employees. Create a workspace where sunlight comes in as sunlight is beneficial for employees’ well-being and helps them increase their productivity. Allocating a separate space where they can feel relaxed encourages them to take short breaks with colleagues and chat on topics that are not related to work.
Happiness at work
Sharing good news with colleagues whether it’s something personal or related to work helps create a closer relationship between different teams in the workforce. When goals and missions have been clearly set out, encourage employees to work from home when it is inconvenient for them to commute to work. This gives them the flexibility to better organize their day and decreases their stress level.
Freedom that benefits employees
As mentioned above, the freedom for employees to work from home should be given so as to decrease burn-out cases in the company. During non-working hours, it’s best for employees to not be solicited so that they can cut–off from work physically and mentally. If meetings are scheduled in advance, employees can better optimize their time on their projects and plan in advance when to work from home.
Expressing the company’s visions clearly
Work together with employees to define the values and the culture the company is trying to create to make them feel personally engaged with the company. Putting up the company’s values or visions on the walls or on a board in the workspace help them keep them in mind, and work towards these goals.
Employees feel more enthusiastic about their jobs when they are empowered to do something relevant and significant that are beyond their expectations and when they feel connected to others.
When they know they are working in an environment where their work is appreciated and rewarded they are more engaged. Employees are then more prone to showing up at work energized and with positive vibes.
This increases their well-being drastically and ultimately the company’s revenues and profits as well.