A week ago, one of our technical team’s managers was in trouble. He met with a roadblock to one of the client’s problems and was searching for a way out. We were low on time, so the manager decided to discuss it with his team about just how bad it was—and he laid out a plan to turn things around. His team responded with immense dedication and effort, which helped us rebound, and even though we were a bit late, the client was thrilled with our solution.
It shows that an organization’s transparency and trust motivate employees, and in turn, employees get involved, excited, and dedicated to their job.
It can be a tricky situation to improve employee engagement in this pandemic when the majority of the employees are working from home. As an employer, you need to ensure that your employees are excited about their employment and ready and enthusiastic to start their work every day from their desks.
Engaged employees are pro-active, more customer-focused, and more loyal. According to some reports on the surveys over the past two decades, businesses with high levels of employee engagement are more successful. But even though there is a lot of positive advice about how meaningful employee engagement is, contradictory to that, only a few organizations are following it.
Start by knowing what engagement means for your company, specifically, before launching any employee engagement initiative.
At AFour Technologies, employee engagement is assessed using surveys, in-person interviews, and online analysis targeting our employees. We have collected results on the scale and, over the years, have discovered the following secrets that have helped achieve a successful employee engagement. (and will help yours too..!)
Work Together, Celebrate Together
Make it a point to celebrate achievements, whether significant victories for the team or individual accomplishments, regularly. It helps to emphasize the fact that the team does have a more excellent value, which gives them the opportunity and strength to tackle the upcoming hurdles and roadblocks.
Utilize the communication channel to acknowledge these accomplishments. Even a simple email to the entire team acknowledging one member’s contribution can be the morale booster that an employee needs.
For any good company, collaboration is one of the essential aspects. This is because it can help employees develop better ideas and enhance employee engagement by encouraging teamwork when collaborating on a particular task or project. The most efficient organizations cleverly use employee collaboration efforts to reduce company costs and improve team efficiency.
Not only does collaboration helps to generate a happier workplace, but it is also often referred to as the building block towards working in a team-based environment. This is because, within any organization, it naturally motivates a sense of team bonding.
Feedback is Important!
Encourage your employees to give you feedback in a safe, productive way and let them know you’re listening. Tell your team when, where, and how they can share their thoughts with you, whether you are setting up weekly strategy meetings or holding regular office meetings.
Employers are also the ones who provide input to employees on their working styles, the workplace environment, workload, and others. Do not forget to act on the feedback! Else employees will stop sharing the feedback with you
Continuous Learning & Problem Solving – The long term goal
Learning does not stop at the end of the onboarding period. Companies need to take talent creation seriously if they want to see more employee participation. Meet your employees regularly to address their career aspirations and provide personalized coaching.
Increasing your employee engagement also means supporting employees facing challenges, regardless of how busy you might be, as a role model. If you happen to see them struggling, or if you know the task given to them needs additional assistance, offer your support.
An excellent healthy team environment is a must!
After all, working every day can be a tiresome experience, especially if the team atmosphere is not entirely comforting. Employers should strive to do whatever they can to create a distinctive, team-friendly atmosphere representing the company’s branding.
The most significant factor that affects the morale and satisfaction of employees and how efficient and successful they can be all goes down to their team environment. A healthy team atmosphere increases employee satisfaction and confidence.
Consider how an employee can fit with the culture and needs of your business before implementing any of these employee engagement ideas. What kinds of employees do you want the company to attract? Will they respond best to a mentorship and professional growth culture?
In a way, when you promote a mentality of development that increases trust, it encourages creativity. It helps people associate their passions with the everyday activities on which they and their teams work.
To make their time at work more productive and fruitful, you can ask your team about what needs to be improved or the changes that need to be made. You might be surprised at how straightforward the solution can be.