Research has shown that positive employee engagement is linked to the health and wellbeing of employees. Proactive policies and strong leadership both play a role in employee engagement. Here are five pointers which can help strengthen and build your employee engagement in the coming year.
1.) Communicate Clearly. Share your expectations with your employees. Employees want to be a part of the company’s future. Provide examples of exemplary behaviors and guiding them toward what goals should be accomplished this year will help them prepare for the near-term and long-term goals.
2.) Be Transparent. Share company information and be open to employee questions will build trust in the company and unite moral values with an individual. This creates a sense of worth for the employee that will carry over through their dedication to your mission.
3.) Encourage Innovations & Personal Growth. Be open to feedback and take action as a result of the feedback. Employees may see a better way to perform a task, address a client issue or manage a new process. Similarly, provide opportunities for additional learning – cross training, and coaching that will support personal development and build trust and commitment.
4.) Build Teamwork by Giving Recognition. When the goals and aspirations of the organization and of individual teams or groups are reflected in the criteria for personal recognition everyone succeeds.
5.) Celebrate Diversity. Every day the composition of our workforce becomes more diverse, and with it brings different preferences and needs with each generation, ethnicity and gender. Asking for and listening to your employees’ input is important to help you shape your recognition programs, and the rewards you offer. By delivering recognition and rewards that are meaningful to each individual, you will maximize their contribution.
Jennifer Tekin is a Senior Marketing Manager for Sodexo Motivation Solutions.