Employee engagement is key to the success of your company. Whether you have one employee or 100 employees, having an engaged workforce will lead to increased productivity, higher employer satisfaction and loyalty, and ultimately a more attractive company culture.
Over the past few years, this has become even more important. Remote work has empowered employees to leave unsatisfactory positions for roles and companies that better suit their personal needs. Luckily, there are many things you can do to drive and maintain employee engagement.
We’ve put together some of our favourite tips to help you boost your employee engagement and increase overall team satisfaction.
Connect roles to values
Ensure that each team member understands how their role is related to the overall purpose and values of the company. People want to know that their work matters and that what they’re doing on a daily basis makes a difference and adds value to the company.
Ask employees what they enjoy doing
When assigning tasks or roles, try to get feedback from your team members. They will be most engaged with the tasks that they are most interested in. Instead of assuming what type of task they would enjoy, discuss it with them! This will lead to higher employee satisfaction, and they will feel more confident and fulfilled with their task.
Give employees autonomy
Micromanaging your employees can be extremely discouraging. Providing them with autonomy to make decisions and complete tasks on their own will allow them to fully engage with their task and the results. Too much autonomy can also be negative. Ensure that you are also available to provide support in the event that they need it.
Prioritize work-life balance
Ensuring that employees maintain a healthy work-life balance will do wonders to encourage morale and engagement. In order to be productive at work, employees must take care of themselves. Encourage employees to take their vacation, to put their phones down in the evenings, etc. You can also lead by example. Prioritizing your own work-life balance will show your employees that this is important.
Have regular & effective check-ins
Having regular check-ins with your employees will help to ensure employees are engaged and satisfied with work. This is a great opportunity for your employee to ask for support or for you to provide reassurance or congratulate them on a job well done. It’s also a great time to identify any issues within the workplace. Essentially this is the time to communicate with your employee in an open, positive, and structured way.