Simple Hacks to Keep Your Employees Engaged (and working hard).
Driving Employee Engagement, Maximizing ROI and BOOSTING Business Productivity
January is over and we're well and truly back into the swing of things after Christmas. How was January? Well, January quite frankly felt like it lasted 3 years and we're looking forward to February and most importantly, shrove Tuesday.
What's in the pipeline for 2018? New hires? Exciting marketing campaigns? Bigger office?
Employee engagement does not always have to involve planning team building events, creative incentives or rewards. There are a few, super simple office-based hacks to drive employee engagement and give your business a productivity boost. The best bit is that these hacks won't cost you a penny and will maximize your return on investment into a new or existing hire.
These simple hacks are really easy ways to ensure your employees feel recognized, valued and motivated to give the best form of themselves back to your brand. This is important stuff and after all your employees are the cogs that keep your business turning.
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7 top tips for boosting your employee engagement in the workplace
Ensure your employees understand their importance in a role
An employee's attitude towards their role and contribution to a brand is imperative on how well they perform. Employees that felt most valued at a company scored the highest in customer service levels and loyalty to a brand.
Rewarding gestures, compliments on great performance, saying 'thank you'. These small gestures can change attitudes instantly.
Ensure your employees are aware of their role expectations
Unclear role expectations are the top source of workplace stress change in careers. Employees shared that not knowing what the managers expect of them is distracting, demotivating, and highly stressful in the workplace. Do not hire in a hurry. Make sure you know what the employee will be doing from day 1 and regularly check in to make sure you're both clear on the expectations of the role.
Make your employees aware of career development and opportunities to climb the ladder
We're not saying that all employees have the desire to climb the ladder, but knowing there's an opportunity to grow with the brand is important. 49% of employees feel uncomfortable discussing career growth and will become unhappy within their role before approaching the topic. Discuss opportunities in the workplace and keep things open and clear. Employees that are aware of career paths and develop within a company are 90% more likely to be engaged and committed to a role.
Conduct regular feedback meetings and check in, just to see how your employees are doing
It sounds too obvious, but so many employers miss the simple hack of just checking in with your team and seeing how they're doing! Showing support and a genuine interest in employee wellness increases employee engagement significantly. An email will not suffice. Be a coach and not a dictator. Demonstrate self-awareness, be honest and make it a safe place for employees to raise any concerns.
Manage perceptions of your brand ethos internally
The importance of communicating the message of a brand to it's customers has been understood, but demonstrating and managing that message internally is more of a recent phenomenon.
Internal marketing is just as significant as external. Companies that show their employees what they stand for and what their company morals are, outperform those who don't, significantly.
People don't wake up in the morning fired up to make huge profits for a company, people are most motivated by making a difference for customers, or if they feel they are contributing to something meaningful. Make sure your employers understand the brand message and follow suit by delivering it in the workplace.
Effective communications, always
The art of communicating changes all elements of a business internally and externally. Learning how to communicate within the team, how to write great emails, how to speak to customers, how to approach sensitive subjects - managers need to make sure they are teaching employees how to do this well.
Take the time to assess how your company scores in this part, it's essential in running a successful business.
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