As the leader of an organization, you want your employees to give their best at work each and every day. You want them to care about the goals of the organization and feel committed to achieving success for the company as it aligns with their own success. In order for this to occur, employees need to be engaged. Increasing your employee’s engagement will lead to more productivity, less turnover and an overall sense of health and wellbeing amongst the company. Check out these three tips you can apply to better your employee engagement strategy:
Make your processes simple and don’t try to overcomplicate employee engagement. Oftentimes leaders will try to create complex systems that they think are helping their team when in reality they just make people feel discouraged. Things like adding too many mandatory team events to the calendar or creating a point-reward system that employees need to keep track of is too overwhelming. Keep everything simple so that your employees can easily engage. Remember, everyone has a lot going on in life and making anything overly complex is the opposite of what you should be doing this day and age.
Your team members are probably for the most part experienced professionals and you should trust them. If you want to make them feel empowered, you absolutely can’t micro-manage. Let your team members know what you expect the outcome to be and ensure they have everything they need to succeed. You’ll be surprised how much better the process goes when people feel empowered to figure it out their way, instead of you giving them every detail they need to follow. Let them realize they are capable and they will rise to the occasion.
Making your employees feel empowered is one thing, but they also need the means to develop professionally in order to really engage. They need to know that their manager cares about them, their career and their future with the company. The more you invest in your employees and further developing their skill sets, the more they will bring to the table for your business. If an employee feels like they are continuing to grow and develop in their position, they are less likely to leave. Make it a point to send your team members to conferences or networking events where they can learn, meet new people and represent your company.
Everyone wants to feel like they are a part of something, and by engaging your employees they will want to contribute to the success of the company. Begin simplifying your processes, empowering your employees and investing in their professional development – you’ll be surprised just how much of a difference it will make. CoachDiversity Institute can help you build your employee engagement strategy and ultimately improve your bottom line. Contact us today to learn more.