How to Keep Your Employees Engaged?

by Jody Ordioni

How to Keep Your Employees Engaged?

An important part of sustaining any successful business is to keep employees engaged. Employees are the cogs that form the machine, which is the organization. The level of engagement that an employee has with the company is a decisive factor for various parameters such as attrition rate, productivity, efficient working system, and overall growth.

Employee engagement in the modern world carries a different meaning for different organizations. The spike in using an automated system to accomplish tasks is impacting the work culture of multiple organizations. Most companies are already embracing digital platforms to engage employees and boost efficiency. Let’s look at a few strategies for engagement:

Incentives as a Means of Employee Satisfaction

Employee engagement is often misunderstood to be only limited to employee satisfaction. However, dedicated employees need more than just sizeable paychecks and vacation time. Ideally, employee satisfaction stems from two factors- tangible material benefits as well as immaterial benefits such as engagement, recognition and dedicated leadership.

The best measure to gauge employee satisfaction is when employees themselves start advocating the merits of the company. News and reputation spread faster by word of mouth. Prospective employees are drawn to any company not only based on performance but also on exciting activities attributed to the culture of the company.

Focus on Personal Growth

Maximizing the capability of resources is the new trend in town. Learning and Development sectors, along with HR, are partnering with business ventures to increase employee capability. The traditional methodology can be discarded since E-Learning has proved to be a better medium of increasing employee engagement through machine-based erudition programs.

In today’s fast-paced environment, companies need to utilize tools that are deployed on a real-time basis to empower employees with the necessary skillset. The demand to personalize system-based learning to better suit an individual employee’s need for application at work provides a unique opportunity to L&D sectors to increase employee engagement.

Benefiting from Automation

Digitization is becoming a significant factor in engaging employees. It is also forming the core of business processes to reform the organizational structures in the company. Implementation of technological advances is effective in increasing output at work, as many companies have observed.

Technology is useful in streamlining the processes and employees can set realistic targets and goals. It has helped in the evolution of a new interactive learning era. Social media is a boon in such an environment since it allows employees to freely exchange information. However, automation should be promoted with the aim of increasing human involvement in the workplace and not replacing it.

Role of HR

The best talent today wants the best learning and growth opportunities for themselves, thus, companies need to offer such growth opportunities if they wish to hire and retain employees. In a bid to engage employees, companies often lose track of smaller things that matter to the employees. The employees are usually in search of informal ways to learn and be effective.

Informal learning mostly happens by turning to senior employees and learning through their expertise in the field. Therefore, companies should look for employees who can play a dual role of mentor and director. Such employees are naturally contributive to the growth of the company. Opportunities for growth should be considered by both employees and the company alike.

Trust and Motivation Drives Employees

Studies have emphasized that the happiness of employees is imperative to the success of any company. Motivated employees are enthusiastic about their work, and this motivation stems from established trust between the employees and their organization. Transparency and truth are an important basis of building trust amongst the workforce and the company.

Open communication is another necessity for earning the trust of employees and boosting office morale. Let employees dictate the major terms of communication. It builds a sense of comradeship and belonging. If employees feel comfortable within the organization, they are prone to trust them more.

The Bottom Line

Lastly, respecting your employees and providing them recognition for their efforts contributes to increasing their engagement with the company. Rewarding their efforts does not only produce the “feel good” factor, but it also has a correlation with increasing the productivity of the company. People always work harder when they know their efforts are appreciated.

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