During the Great Recession, many employees were asked to do more with less. As a result, employee engagement and morale suffered. While the economy is recovering and employees are generally becoming more engaged, business owners are discovering that it’s well worth their time and effort to encourage employee engagement above and beyond the norm. Engaged employees are more productive, turnover less, and simply do better work, according to a Gallup’s State of the American Workplace, cited in this Fast Company article. So, how do you actually go about improving employee engagement? We’re going to give you a few ideas.
Set clear goals and discuss career path.
In this white paper on driving employee engagement from the Dale Carnegie Training, the author discusses the importance of outlining the potential for employee growth and the path to get there. When employees have a goal to accomplish, they feel valued. When the employee feels valued, it’s easier to create a feeling of ownership. Employees who feel ownership are generally more engaged.
It takes very little time to recognize a job well done, and that recognition drives big results. In this article from Forbes.com about boosting employee engagement, the author notes how a personal thank you made a big impact on him, and how important it is to recognize a job well done.
Give employees the resources they need.
If an employee doesn’t have the tools they need to accomplish the tasks they need to accomplish, they often conclude their organization or employer doesn’t care about them. That’s a sure path to a disengaged employee. Whether it’s knowledge, training, or tools, make sure your employees have the resources they need to get their jobs done.
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