Why care about employee engagement?
Creating a caring environment in a company is a prerequisite for retention. Let’s try and understand what employees do for your company by listing down the daily routine of an average employee. This is an approximate figure of the number of hours a person spends doing different things in a day.
10 hours- work
1 hour- travel to work
4 hours- family-time/entertainment
9 hours- Rest/sleep
From this, we can recognize that an employee spends most of his time at his workplace. He gets very little time with his family and he usually goes home just to dine and sleep. Most employees go to work out of compulsion than motivation. After a dull and boring day at work, they can’t wait to get back home.
If the employees are disinterested and disconnected at work, their performance and efficiency will turn out to be extremely low which costs more to the company than the employees. 85% of the global employees are described by Gallup as “emotionally disconnected from their workplaces.”
Disengaged employees are basically deaf, dumb or blind.
-Some employees are so disconnected that they turn deaf to your insights or instructions.
-Some employees turn blind and intentionally overlook the company’s mission and any suggestions or errors.
-Some employees act dumb and don’t care to speak or improvise at work.
The Solution- How to get your employees to listen, see and speak to you
An employee’s experience at work needs to be redefined if you want to take your company to greater heights. This does not mean higher pay or a better workspace. It simply means to appreciate, recognize and reward your employees. Regular feedback and motivation can highly improve efficiency.
You can use a social recognition platform to appreciate and reward your employees. This will definitely boost their morale and make them want to go an extra mile for the company.
Get your employees to listen to you by listening to them
An employee should feel that his inputs are valuable. His ideas should not be neglected but appreciated and considered for implementation. This makes him feel like a very important part of the organisation.
Surveys should be circulated in order to ask for opinions on important matters. Employee engagement surveys can serve as a useful insight to hear out all your employees and make necessary changes to make them feel happy and satisfied at work.
Make your employees see and align to the company’s mission
Sometimes an employee who has stayed with the company for the longest time does not even know the organisational values. Even if they know the values they completely overlook it and regard it as insignificant. Thus it is very important for an employee to be aligned to the company’s vision.
Employees need to see the company as their own and be driven to make it achieve its goals. This can be made possible if the employees are regularly appreciated and rewarded for their work. Knowing that their work is being acknowledged makes them want to work harder the next time.
Give a Voice to your employees
Your employees often don’t speak or even respond to you. This is because important matters are reserved only for the managers and owners. This should not be the case if you want to engage your employees as engagement is ultimately going to take your company to the zenith of success.
While the final decision-making can be vested in the top management, the opinions of all employees should be taken into consideration. Not making them a part of important decisions makes them feel that the company is not open to their inputs.
If the employees feel like the company is their own only then will they be highly committed to their work. They should be made to feel that their opinions really matter.