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7 Best Practices for Driving Employee Engagement

7 Best Practices for Driving Employee Engagement

The employees of an organization are its backbone as without employees an organization is nothing. What employees do for an organization will decide its future? So, if they perform, then the organization will go to the next level and in case they don’t perform, the organization will go down. No organization wants to go down and that’s why an organization must keep all its employees in a good frame of mind all the time. 

Making a good relationship with employees is necessary and that’s what we call employee engagement. All the good organizations out there are pushing for high employee engagement as they know the importance of employee engagement. If you too want to improve employee engagement for your organization, then this post is for you. Here, we will discuss employee engagement and the best practices to drive it. 

Employee engagement is nothing but it is the extent to which employees feel passionate about their job and are committed to their organization. According to a report, organizations with strong employee engagement generate revenue growth 2.5 times than organizations with low or no employee engagement. Most business leaders believe that engagement is more necessary than anything else. 

There are a lot of things that come in the way of employee engagement and some of them are distrust of managers, a lack of cohesion among workers, and organizational tumult. The mistake that most organizations make is to try buying employees’ enthusiasm and commitment and they don’t succeed in that. Providing benefits like higher pay and other benefits can improve an employee’s satisfaction but it will not drive engagement. 

For employee engagement, organizations need to pay more attention to their employees and it doesn’t mean spending large amounts of money. Rather, organizations have to make their employees feel that they are valued as this will emotionally connect them to their work. Below are seven tips that help you drive employee engagement:

1.  Provide the Right Tools

Providing your employees with all the tools they need help them succeed in their roles. Most organizations overlook this aspect and that’s why they have to face the consequences later on. According to Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2016 report providing the right tools to employees is the top driver of engagement. An organization’s infrastructure includes the tools and processes required to complete the work. 

In big organizations, some obstacles that come in the way of employees getting their work done makes them unhappy. For example, if employees have to remember multiple passwords to log in to the software to start the work, it makes them frustrated. They don’t feel secure in an organization until they are backed by a head of the department or any other leader.  Heads of organizations need to realize this and make the login process easier so that employees remain happier all the time. 

2.      Provide Training

Running regular training sessions can be a great way to increase employee engagement. This will make employees feel secure in the organization. This will give the employees the confidence that the organization really cares for them and that’s why they run training sessions to improve their employees’ skills. 

“The more the employee feels the company is investing in their future, the higher the level of engagement”, says Brad Shuck, an assistant professor at the University of Louisville. This clearly shows that investing in an employee’s future is necessary for an organization’s success. The levels of engagement here mean the increasing or decreasing trend of employee engagement. Managers and HR leaders have an important role in identifying the skills to improve in employees as they know what an employee lacks. Providing employees training in their weak areas boost their confidence and this in return increases employee engagement. 

3.      Socialize

Socialization is another method to increase employee engagement as engaged workers feel emotionally invested in their jobs. To make employees care about their workplace is to promote closer connections among employees. The HR team has an important role as they can organize different types of events to keep employees engaged. Employees are engaged to bring out their best talent and engagement events will work fine for it.  

If you think, this will require so much money it is not true as there are so many low-cost options that involve asking employees to contribute their time and talent. As long as employees are approached in the right manner, this will help them feel valued for what they bring to the organization. 

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4.  Pay Attention To Employees

Listening to your employees is a must for every organization to succeed. Good leaders always listen to what their employees have to say and implement the feedback as soon as they get it. You have heard from employees that their organization has replaced the annual employee surveys with quarterly or monthly surveys. The reason behind these frequent surveys is to increase employee engagement. 

Doing employee surveys very frequently helps organizations pinpoint shortcomings and address them quickly. When employees get to know that their feedback is implemented, they feel more valued and this helps in increasing employee engagement. 

5.  Employee Recognition

Recognizing your employees works better than anything else for employee engagement and this is the reason most organizations publicly recognize their employees’ talent. Rewarding employees for their work gives people a clear idea of how they fit into their organization’s mission. Not only this, but it will also let them know what kind of work and behavior is rewarded. 

Providing benefits like gifts and bonuses to employees for their work achievements can be a good idea as this will motivate them to keep doing good work and take the organization to the next level.

6.  Individual Attention

Paying attention to each and every single employee is of utmost importance. Leaders need to pay attention to each employee and take feedback from him/her no matter what his/her role is in the organization. The managers can ask their employees what they want. Some preferences are common no matter in which part of the world the organization is located. 

Some employees want responsibility in their jobs whereas some want increased autonomy and fulfilling their wishes will result in a higher level of employee engagement. Paying attention to each and every single employee will result in increased employee engagement. 

7.   Serving the Society

Organizations that not only work for themselves but also for the community are found to have more employee engagement. This is because every individual wants his/her life to be meaningful. They are happy to serve society in one way or the other. Most of the employees are happy to work for an organization that also does community service apart from their own work. 

It has been found that when employees were asked to go beyond to help the community, they were good in doing so as they are more than happy to work free for society. Not only this, they are ready to work on holidays if they know that they are not working for the organization but for society. So, an organization must do service projects.

Conclusion

Don’t make employee engagement a shot in the dark but take it as an opportunity to improve your organization. Understanding the drivers of employee engagement is necessary to do the job in the right manner. The given post discusses seven practices that will help you in driving employee engagement for your organization. Don’t miss out on reading the given post as this will help you take your organization to the next level. 

 

Author Bio: Steven is the Senior Partner and co-founder of Miracle Mile Law Group. Steven always knew his calling involved helping ordinary people, not corporations, so he started Miracle Mile Law Group, where he exclusively represents employees in claims against their employers.