5 Ways to Increase Employee Engagement

5 Ways to Increase Employee Engagement

Employee engagement isn’t just about employees being happy and content at work, it’s about employees being committed and excited to contribute ideas, thoughts, and products to lead an organization to its overall goal. Imagine having an entire workforce that came in eager to work every day. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Employee engagement is suffering. According to Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace report, only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work. Employees like to work for an organization that “takes care of them”, but as organizations get larger and new technology comes into play, employers tend to lose sight of the foundation of their organization- the people.

Many organizations used to measure employee engagement through engagement surveys. Although this can be beneficial, organizations are finding that these surveys are not nearly as detailed as they should be and do not produce real-time information. Without relevant information, it’s impossible for organizations to make the right changes on time. It can feel like a never ending game of catch-up. Here are a few ways that you can increase employee engagement and overall morale at your organization without the use of a survey:

  1. Suggestion Box- This might be the most obvious way to engage employees, but adding a box in the office where employees can drop in suggestions, kudos, or concerns, will make employees feel more included. This is an easy way to encourage the introverted employees to participate. Also, be sure to allow employees to make the suggestions anonymously.
  2. Monthly Activity- Come up with fun activities for employees to participate in. Whether it be a friendly competition, fun games in the break room, or an event that takes place outside of the office, employees will look forward to the day. You can even include your clients in an event as well.
  3. Lunch and Learns- There are always updates, enhancements, and new information that needs to be delivered to employees, so you might as well make it enjoyable. Bring in brain food during lunchtime and educate and refresh your employees on vital information. Employees will find this more enjoyable than a long email and will be more attentive.
  4. Show Appreciation- Say “thank you” to your employees. Employees work hard and don’t like their hard work to go unnoticed. Two little words can go far and will boost your employees’ self-confidence. If you want to go a step further, implement a program that highlights a different employee every week that contains some background information and recent accomplishments.
  5. Start from Day One- From an employee’s first day on the job, create a positive atmosphere and welcome the new hire with open arms. Don’t bury the new employee with mounds of mindless paperwork. Technology allows us to onboard employees faster by storing all of their information in the cloud, so hours aren’t wasted on these tedious tasks. In addition, set goals on the first day that are aligned with the organization. These goals can also be tracked and managed through a cloud-based system to ensure that the employee is performing up to the organization’s standards throughout the entire employee lifecycle.

There are many other ways to increase employee engagement at your organization. It is critical to select the option that is best catered to your employees. If your employees are coming to work every day with a positive attitude, that positivity will directly affect the way clients are treated. Happy employees lead to satisfied clients, which leads to a great overall reputation of your organization. Take the necessary steps and encourage your employees to bring their heart and soul into the office and take pride in everything they do.

This DATIS Blog was written by Ally Edwards, DATIS, on July 15, 2015 and may not be re-posted without permission.

Written by Ally Edwards

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