4 Ways to Increase Employee Engagement

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Employee engagement is the emotional attachment and dedication an employee has to their organization and its goals. It is a critical yet overlooked aspect that is essential to the overall success of a business and its employees. Research shows that 33% of U.S. workers are “engaged” workers. While these type of workers are a small percentage of U.S. employees, the importance of employee engagement is growing. This is because businesses are starting to realize how valuable engaged workers are.  

Engaged workers stand out because they:

  • Boost productivity
  • Increase customer satisfaction
  • Contribute ideas
  • Are less likely to quit
  • Communicate efficiently

MJ Executive Consulting specializes in professional guidance and knows how to increase engagement and productivity.

Here are 4 ways management can increase employee engagement:

Encourage Collaboration

Collaboration brings meaning and adds value to the way employees view their job.  Employees are more likely to be engaged at work when they have strong ties with coworkers and feel that they’re a part of something important.

When team members collaborate, they are able to take advantage of the knowledge, experience and skills of their coworkers. This allows all employees to share their talent and helps them find the coworker that will provide the most optimal solution to their problems.

Collaboration invites coworkers to:

  • Bond
  • Problem solve
  • Share ideas  
  • Understand how others work and think

Collaboration leads to faster completion of problems. A problem that may take months to get resolved when handled by a single employee, may take just a few hours to resolve when several employees input their skills and experience. This also eliminates stress and gives employees more time to engage in other projects.

Seek Feedback

It’s important for employees to feel like they have a voice. They want to know that their opinion matters and is a part of the organization’s decision-making process. When employees are constantly ignored, it’s difficult for them to be passionate about their job or the company’s success.

A simple way to show employees that their voice matters is by asking for feedback. When employees feel trusted and valued, an open line of communication forms and employees will be more likely to share ideas, speak up at meetings or seek advice.

Employees aren’t going to enjoy every task they are assigned, but simply asking your employees what they enjoy working on, not only helps you assign tasks and projects to the appropriate person, it shows employees that you care about their career and happiness with the company.  

Promote Creativity

Not only is it important for managers to listen to their employees’ feedback, it is also important for them to encourage employees to share ideas and think creatively. Employees that work at a creative workplace are likely to feel engaged and valued within the business.

Promoting creativity is a great way to give employees a sense of belonging and confidence to think outside of the box. Creative thinking also produces excitement, passion and teamwork.

A few ways to promote creative thinking include:

  • Brainstorming
    Two minds are better than one. Encourage employees that are working on a problem or project together to have a brainstorm meeting. Communicating in person promotes more creativity than over email.
  • Goal Board
    Create a board that lists goals or tasks the company wishes to tackle. Then every week pick a goal or task to complete.
  • Flexible Working
    Sometimes a change of scenery is all an employee needs to boost creativity. Occasionally, switch up your employees’ routines with out-of-office and walking meetings. By venturing away from their everyday view, your employees will have the chance to think outside of the box.

Discuss Goals

Goals focus attention on achieving desirable outcomes. Employees prefer to know what management expects them to accomplish, and goals provide that direction. There are two types of goals that every manager and employee should know:

  1. Company Goals
    When employees don’t know or understand their company’s goals, it’s difficult for them to engage or care about their work. Research shows, 73% of employees who report working for a ‘purpose-driven’ company are engaged. Engaged employees feel personally committed to the organization’s purpose, values and goals. This is why it’s important to ensure all staff understand the company’s goals.
  2. Employee Position Goals
    Discussing and clarifying each employee’s individual goals and responsibilities is crucial to increase engagement because it gives employees a sense of pride and purpose in the company’s direction. Every employee has their own set of goals and responsibilities to focus on, but there are times when employees can get confused about what their role is in the organization. This confusion can lead to the employee feeling overwhelmed, unappreciated or unengaged.

Sometimes, you need an outside guide to reignite and engage your organization. MJ Executive Consulting can help you identify and define your vision, mission and goals. And, we will help make sure you’ve got the tools you need to make it happen. We also offer access to 5 keynote speakers and coaches who can teach your team invaluable lessons about leadership, motivation, efficiency, and service. Contact us today to get started.