A workforce that collaborates with each other can grow at a much rapid pace than one that barely communicates. When employees engage and contribute their ideas and opinions for the betterment of the company, not only does it lead to faster growth but it also fosters a more solid relationship between you and your employees. Stress and tension in the workplace are reduced, which ultimately lead to more productive workers. So how does one encourage engagement in the workplace? Here are four things you can do:
Use the Right Survey Form
Most companies have suggestion boxes, yet they don’t make enough effort to actually push employees into putting in anything on the box. And in many cases, the suggestion box is placed in a dimly lit corner of the office. Position your suggestion box in a convenient location where employees can see and use. If you’re using a survey form, make sure to ask questions and include data fields that you can act on. When an employee submits his/her feedback, he/she expects the management to do something about it.
Walk the Walk
Change has to start from the top. If you want your employees to be more proactive rather than just a bunch of drones doing the same work day in and day out, you’ll want to demonstrate those characteristics that you expect them to display. In organizations where high-level staff model the desired characteristics, employees engage with coworkers at a significantly higher rate, 55 percent to be exact.
Keep a Certain Level of Transparency
While you shouldn’t divulge everything right away to your employees, one must keep a respectable level of transparency. Doing so can increase your employee’s happiness and loyalty and, consequently, decrease turnover rate. Trust your people with sensitive business data and delegate important tasks to those who have proven themselves competent. Employees are more likely to open up to you if they trust you, and the only way they will trust you is by being transparent yourself.
Conduct One-on-One Meetings
The problem with giving individual attention is that it takes up too much of your time, especially for a large business or multinational corporation. There are simply too many people to figure out the best approach to boost employee engagement. Albeit time-consuming, there are ways to work around this. Delegating supervisors or senior managers to handle these one-on-one meetings and then briefing them can accomplish the same goal at a more reasonable time frame.
Increasing employee engagement in the workplace is an ongoing process. Don’t expect results to appear overnight or after a few days. It takes time to foster employee trust and respect, two things that are necessary for them to engage their work at a higher level.