An organization’s strength depends on its members. It is so unfortunate, that more often than not, employers focus entirely on customers or clients, sales, and profit. In the wake of making money by leaps and bounds, they very much forget to pay due heed to the people behind all their success – employees!
Taking a time out to focus on your employees’ engagement not only makes them feel valued but it also subtly catalyzes your business success rate. Research continues to show employees are more likely to leave bad management instead of companies or jobs.
In this 24/7 hustle, we are all praised for hearty handshakes, big smiles, kind notions, and gentle words. Believe it or not, kindness never goes unnoticed or unappreciated. This is even more true if it comes beaming down from “the boss”. Go the extra mile and pour some of your efforts into your team.
When employees know that they matter to you, they give you respect, trust, and support. They help build strong and lasting relationships that make departments and teams more successful. These relationships are crucial to success in leadership.
Almost everyone in HR knows that employee engagement is a top priority. Without a shred of doubt, engaged employees proactively tackle head-on challenges, are open to learning additional skills, and become more invested in delivering their 100% to their organizations.
How can we connect with our employees?
Here we have compiled a list of “do’s” that may help increase employee engagement.
- “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” – Epictetus
- Actively listen to what employees have to say, ask questions to clarify for better solutions, and genuinely strive to improve every day work.
Recognize and Appreciate
- Proactively recognizing and appreciating your employees’ good work or their commitment to work is important. It fuels their future efforts to achieve more for the organization.
- A greeting card or occasional souvenir aren’t heavy on the budget, and they leave a lasting impact on your employees.
Engage in Team-Building Activities
- A fun activity will manifest in achieving long-lasting milestones.
Help Your Employees Achieve Work-Life Balance
- Help employees feel like more than “just an employee”. Provide ample PTO and try not to force after hours labor.
Be With Them in Hard Times
- In the most difficult times, a warm smile, a free lunch, and a word of reassurance from our boss can give hope and comfort.