Employee engagement strategies, do they work? What can I do? My employees are not engaged, performance is suffering, turnover is high.
There’s no question about it, when your employees are engaged, they continuously outperform employees that are disengaged. They often set higher benchmarks for earnings, they work better as teams, they’re more productive and usually better equipped to handle setbacks if they occur.
According to Gallup, in the United States, only 32 percent of employees are engaged. Gallup defines engaged employees as those who are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace. Through Gallup Daily tracking, Gallup categorizes workers as “engaged” based on their responses to key workplace elements it has found predict important organizational performance outcomes.
WOW! That’s only ⅓ of the employee population. Low engagement rates contribute to a lot of factors, such as lower productivity, higher turnover rates, and the inability to keep great talent.
What type of employee engagement strategies can you use to boost your engagement?
(1) Employee Engagement Strategies Need A Solid Plan
If you don’t have a clear plan to build employee engagement, you’ll likely struggle to see any type of success. Furthermore, if you don’t give your employees a path to success, opportunities to advance their career, they may choose other companies over yours. If you’re seeing high employee turnover, that could be one of the reasons, especially if you’re seeing that among your younger employees.
If your employees are engaged, you’re going to get the best out of them. If they feel appreciated and valued, everyone wins.
(2) Company Culture Plays A Role
The highest performing employees often look for a company that has a strong company culture. For a company, a positive workplace culture can drive employee engagement, morale and teamwork. Positive worksite culture attracts talent, impacts happiness and affects employee performance. The personality of your company is influenced by many things, such as management, leadership, policy, practices, people and beliefs.
If your company is known to have a bad culture, it’s going to be difficult to find good new talent. It’s never too late to change your company culture, today is a great day to start.
(3) Reward And Encourage Great Work
While most companies give employees support, few companies reward achievements. We’ll cite another Gallup Research Study where ⅔ of employees felt their good work was unnoticed. Studies have shown that employees who feel unappreciated are more likely to engage in bad behaviors and work performance drops.
Employers need to recognize the talent they have and show appreciation for employees that have a high level of performance. Little gestures like saying “awesome work” or “great job” can go a long way. Everyone wants to feel appreciated for the work they put in, small gestures alone can make a big difference.
Naturally, you should want to reward performance, especially among your best team members.
(4) Give Everyone A Voice
Companies that have a strong company culture often communicate very well. They open the floor to give every employee a voice. No one wants to be in the dark. Companies that keep employees out of the loop tend to have low engagement and struggle with retention rates.
Effective leaders are usually great communicators, they know the importance of encouraging others to speak up. If employees feel that leadership won’t listen, they will likely become disengaged. You want employers to know that communication goes both ways, always give your employees a platform to share their voice.
(5) Everyone Is Held To The Same Standard
You want to earn the respect of your employees. In order to do so, You need to treat your employees with respect and fairness. The standards you sit for your company should be followed by everyone, employees, management, executives.
Employees want to know that they’re going to be judged on performance versus things that would be out of their control. Rules and policy must be followed, by everyone, not just employees. If employees see that the rules don’t apply to everyone, it’s easy for them to become frustrated.
An engaged workforce is a valuable asset for your company. These simple employee engagement strategies can bring huge change in your organization.
If you’re struggling to get employees engaged, reach out to our team! Here at Kadalyst, we help companies just like yours with engagement. You can reach us directly at 503-512-5175 or use our contact form.