Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance
Employee engagement is vitally important when we are trying to maximize productivity in the workplace. When employees feel as though they are an integral part of the business, they will do everything in their power to ensure its success. Yet, the field of employee engagement is often neglected by businesses, both young and old. There is a sense in which we expect people to just buy into the company from the word ‘go,’ and all we need to do is let the engagement develop organically. Sadly, this is not the case; follow these four steps in order to maximize your employee engagement.
Being a leader requires more than just telling people what to do. It also requires you to put forward a vision for the organization, and to stick to it. Employees need to know what they are working toward. It is the job of the employer to set forward the aims of the company, and foster a particular philosophy that the employees can buy into and thereby increase productivity in the workplace.
Employees don’t want to be belittled, and they want to feel as though their job matters. Make sure that your managers have excellent management skills; they need to know what makes the employees tick in order to ensure that they fulfill their potential.
In many companies, the first time that employees hear about decisions from above is when they are affected by them. This has the potential to be highly disruptive, with many people becoming disillusioned with their company as a result. To avoid such problems, it is important to ensure that your employees have a voice, that where a decision is likely to affect them, they are consulted and have a chance to air their views. When an individual has their voice heard, they will feel as though the business cares about them.
It is not enough merely to say what you are trying to do; it is vital that you then try to follow it through. All too often, employees are given an outline of the aims of a company, only to see those aims altered after a few weeks. This leads to confusion, and a confused workforce is less likely to maintain productivity in the workplace. Ensure you avoid this issue by staying true to your company; stick to the aims that you have outlined.
Ensuring that your employees engage with the company is vital to maximizing the profitability of your business.
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