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 themselves and thus, for the company. It’s not just do their work so they can stay longer in the company.
It’s funny because 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 to keep employees truly engaged?
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Good relationships with managers
Allocating 5 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. Spend some time (10-15 minutes is enough) to have 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 and there’s definitely an impact on them emotionally.
4. 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.
5. 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 have ownership of their work, this gives them the flexibility to better organize themselves and decreases their stress level.
6. Freedom that benefits employees
The freedom for employees to perform their tasks when and where they want to do it, as today working from home has become a norm, and as long as they meet the deadlines and the objectives set out, it helps to increase employee performance, keep them motivated, and decrease burn-out cases.
7. Expressing the company’s visions clearly
It’s essential to remind employees from time to time of the company values, culture, and visions to make them feel personally engaged with the company. When employees know what the goal is, it gives them a higher sense of commitment to their daily tasks.
In conclusion, employees feel more enthusiastic about their jobs when they are empowered to do something when they feel connected to others and create a sense of personal achievement. Companies that appreciate and reward their employees for their good work will find them truly engaged, and see them showing up at work energized.