5 Strategies to Instantly Boost Employee Engagement Within Your Organization
June 19, 2018 / Corporate Wellness
According to Gallup, employee engagement has remained stagnant in the United States – hovering around 30% – for the past five years. As long as engagement remains low, both individuals and businesses suffer – they are less productive and successful than they otherwise might be.
Members of a workforce who are empowered, balanced and focused on personal wellbeing will be better equipped to do their jobs with focus and clarity, day after day. Thus, just as employee engagement is intrinsically linked to individual company cultures, it is also essential to employee wellbeing.
Here are 5 ways you can boost employee engagement within your organization, starting today:
#1 Encourage Physical Activity at Work
Getting up and moving around during the day helps keep individuals focused and any investment you make in their physical wellbeing will be recognized and rewarded. Consider offering instructor-led lunchtime classes, after-work yoga, training stipends, or investing in a wellness program that rewards physical fitness.
#2 Training and Career Development Opportunities
Employees who feel that their position lacks room for growth and achievement eventually disengage, even if they enjoy their position. Supporting employees, in whatever way your budget allows, in ways that are pertinent to their role or department helps increase engagement. Many organizations offer partial tuition reimbursement, or cover a seminar stipend per year.
#3 Clear Job Descriptions
Surprisingly, even tenured employees can feel murky about their job role and, more importantly, how success in their role is quantified. When evaluation criteria is unclear or employees aren’t sure about what they need to do to succeed, they often disengage out of frustration.
Does everyone in your organization have a job description? Is it the same job description from when they started the position? Could it use an update? Set aside time for management and their reports to update job descriptions, and have both sign off on the agreed upon role.
#4 Timely and Scheduled Feedback
When individuals feel that their work isn’t noticed, or that management doesn’t care about the work they do, it can create apathy towards the mission and importance of their role. Make sure that annual reviews are organized and occur in a timely manner. If possible, mandate quarterly reviews or “check-ups” so that employees and their management have a clear game plan, and individuals feel that the work they are doing is being recognized and a priority.
#5 Ensure Employees Have Necessary Resources
You wouldn’t have your employees typing on a typewriter, would you? Maybe it’s time to ditch that last-decade printer, or invest in a coffee machine that isn’t “temperamental.” When time is wasted working around sub-par resources, individuals become frustrated. While employers need to be cognizant of budgetary restrictions, it’s paramount that employees have the tools they need to function efficiently at work.
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Renee Mitson is the Senior Manager of Content Marketing at Virgin Pulse. She loves living in Providence, and enjoys cycling and eating spicy food (but not at the same time).