5 Ways To Engage Your Employees for Increased Producivity

 

In the workplace it is far too easy to fall into the trap of always searching for a better Engage Your Employees With These Tipsbottom line, setting new goals & milestones and boasting financials success. Although finances are part and parcel of the survival of your business, it is essential that employers continually strive to engage and excite their employees to motivate them to be more productive. Why? At the end of the day your employees are the ones that will help you and your company reach set objectives and without their participation who knows where your bottom line may end up.

Just as you likely define and redefine your leadership at the office, you should also ensure a workplace culture that encourages the engagement of your employees. Treated right, your employees are your greatest assets and will assist you in going from strength to strength. Take a look at our top 5 ways to ensure that your employees are engaged and ready to participate at the office below

1) Get To Know Your Employees

You may think you already know a great deal about your employee, but the truth is that you haven’t looked further than the information provided on their CV. As an employer you should ensure that you take time to listen and learn about their interests, what they might be doing at the weekend and where they’d love to go on holiday. It may sound trivial to some but building a great relationship between employee and employer will have a significant impact on employee motivation and engagement.

Ultimately a great leader shouldn’t be threatened by emotion or empathy as personal relationships will ensure a greater impact on attitudes and motivations. By empathising with your team members and making sure that they are understood will allow for a stronger connection between you and your employee improving communication, operations and potentially profitability.

2) Provide Basic Training

If someone can do their job well and enjoy doing it then you are on to a winner. Ensure that you help your employee excel in their role by providing training, however basic that may be. Generally people will engage more and (obviously) to a higher level when they understand their roles and responsibilities within their position. Therefore a readiness to engage means that your staff work to higher levels of performance and commitment to the job in hand.

If an employee is having particular difficulties with one task - which they’ll share with you openly because you listened to our first suggestion – then don’t hesitate to provide additional training. As the boss it is your responsibility to support, inspire and coach those who work for you so that they understand not only their responsibilities but your expectations too. As well as providing actionable training and performance coaching it is very important that you provide regular feedback, both good and bad, so that your employee knows where they stand and can improve in said areas and continue to excel at their strengths

3) Act On Employee Feedback

Whilst it is essential that you provide your employees with feedback on their performance it is also important that they have an outlet in which concerns and suggestions are voiced. However, nothing destroys a survey quicker than lack of action which in turn will reduce your employees engagement. So, as well as encouraging conversation make sure you act on feedback.

Ask for input and suggestions for improvement and collectively select specific issues to work on and create an action plan together. Once these actions have been implemented ensure that you clearly communicate how they are linked to the feedback as well as your business initiatives. Not only will your team have a greater understanding of the importance of these results and how they have been put in place but it will demonstrate your commitment to your team’s opinions.

4) Encourage Teamwork

Teamwork will always result in a culture of openness and trust between employees and managers alike. Often is the case that when people feel as though they are a valued part of a team they invest more time and energy into their job.

When co-workers trust each other and rely upon them to accomplish tasks more efficiently it stands to reasons that they are more likely to be engaged. This cooperative atmosphere can result in positive attitudes and greater efficiency.

5) Communicating With Your Employees

Whilst shareholders may be interested in the financial performance of the business, employees are much more likely to be motivated by the impact their organisation has on the world around them. Talk to your employees about the company’s impact and results as well as how their specific areas of work have impacted on business. For employees their motivational goal isn’t always about the bottom line.

It is also important that employers share company information, updates and meeting summaries to ensure that staff are fully aligned to working towards the same goals. Such open communication is core a positive workplace culture.

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So if you’re wondering why your employees are lacking a bit of ‘get-go’ when they come into work, why not try a few of our tips? We’re sure you will soon see a difference in the performance of your staff when you engage with them at a deeper level!

 

Posted by Paul Randall
16th March 2015