Companies with a highly engaged workforce have 21% higher profitability. They also have 17% higher productivity than companies with a disengaged workforce.

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Why is that? Well, engaged employees are motivated to complete their tasks on time and successfully and go the extra mile to reach their goals and objectives. They’re also better at meeting customers’ needs, which in turn leads to more sales and higher revenues. On top of that, engaged employees are also happier, report lower absenteeism, and tend to be more loyal. It should be no secret that employee engagement is a crucial part of overall employee wellbeing. And when done well, it results in more satisfied employees, which is a top priority for HR executives in 2021 and beyond. Don’t we all want our colleagues and employees to have passion for the work they perform? And that they are motivated so that they don’t feel like ‘just doing their job’?   

Well, then there is some good news for many companies and HR managers: it is mainly up to you to influence employee engagement by focusing on the underlying drivers of employee wellbeing and creating a great employee experience (EX). In fact, a recent report from Glintic reveals this. It shows that HR departments have a major impact on employee engagement. 75% of the organizations with a high level of employee engagement invest heavily in HR, Employee Wellbeing, and EX. 

Here are 7 tips to increase employee engagement in your organization

 1. Start with good Leadership 

A good manager empowers his/her team as much as possible. This kind of manager lets employees produce their own ideas, lets them decide how to do their work, and lets them solve problems on their own where possible. Look at the big picture and leave the details to your employees. If you let them do as much as possible themselves, they will really feel that they are important and that what they do actually adds value to the organization. This leads to higher employee engagement and is also contagious.  

2. Ensure easy Communication 

Employee engagement starts with the right ways of communication. Plenty of studies have shown how important communication is for employees all around. 74% of employees want to interact regularly with the organization. However, 85% of these employees indicate that they currently receive far too little opportunity to do that.  

So how do you ensure that this communication goes well? Technology is definitely part of the answer. Digitize your business and your processes. More than 90% of your employees use a smartphone. This is where there are opportunities for your organization. Use a platform through which employee engagement and wellbeing are being facilitated. 

3. Focus on Employee Wellbeing 

It becomes so much easier for individuals to engage with their work when the organization makes an effort to enhance their overall wellbeing. A company-wide initiative is a fantastic way to improve employee engagement. Employees that feel valued and genuinely cared for by their business are much more inclined to return the favor. 

At Wenite, we understand that putting employee wellbeing at the heart of an organization might look like a tough thing to do. Wenite’s employee wellbeing platform is designed to measure, understand, and improve employee wellbeing.  Both single employees, as well as managers and (HR) executives, get insights into their own (teams) wellbeing. It’s the perfect way to more centralized and digital wellbeing management and for and making employee wellbeing a shared responsibility.  

4. Don’t hold back on Employee Growth and Development 

A majority of employees want to continue to grow within their company and career. So employers should provide the right space, time, and money to continue learning and developing. In return, you can expect better employee satisfaction, more involvement, and an intense sense of loyalty towards the company.  

An interesting example can be found in the retail industry, where 92% of retail employees indicate that receiving training is something positive. Yet 1/3 of these employees receive no training at all. So, there is still a lot of improvement to be made here…  

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5. Cover the Physical Basics 

This might sound a bit obvious, but did you know that this still often goes wrong? 

Provide a pleasant physical work floor for your employees. Below are a few simple things you can avoid, which can have a major impact on the engagement of your employees: 

  • A coffee machine that is always broken 
  • Only unhealthy snacks and drinks 
  • Employees having to bring their own lunch or dinner 
  • A canteen that doesn’t smell fresh 
  • Trash cans that are overflowing 
  • Toilets where it is a mess 

These things are easy to fix, such as with healthy alternatives and general cleanliness. According to Forbes, 87% of employees would stay with their employer longer if the workspace contributed more to their overall wellbeing. 

And perhaps it is difficult to find out whether your employees are happy with certain things or not. An app where you can easily gather these kinds of insights and feedback from your employees would be a solution to this problem.  

6. Connect Goals and Outcomes 

Make sure your company’s goals and the associated employee contributions are clear to everyone. This has a clear impact on employee engagement and job satisfaction. In particular, McKinsey & Company has talked about employees trying to find purpose in their work and wanting you as an employer to pay attention to it. 

And this will only become more important in the future when more Millennials and Gen Z become the largest population in your workforce. They consider the purpose of their job more important than a good salary, according to research

How to put this into practice? It starts with informing your employees. Inform them on a weekly and/or monthly/quarterly basis about the company goals and show them how they contribute to them. One of those frameworks is the concept of OKRs.  

7. Listen actively and continuously to your employees  

Employees feel valued, engaged, and connected when they realize that you are listening to them. This is crucial when wanting to improve employee wellbeing, as well as engagement, satisfaction, and retention

Make sure you create a culture of continuous listening and open feedback. How to do that? Start with surveys, polls, or pulses and allow employees to give suggestions through the right platform. This will enable you to get an accurate and timely ‘pulse’ on employee engagement, productivity, workload, and wellbeing. 

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In conclusion 

You can start with #1, with #7, or anything in between, as long as you commit to putting them into practice and continuously listen to your employees for potential improvements. In doing so, digital tools can be of immense help. And whether you go for an all-in-one solution or do it by yourself, focusing on your employees’ wellbeing and improving their engagement is always an excellent choice. If you would like to know more about this, we are very happy to share some of our learned lessons with you. 

Be well!

Colin
colin@wenite.io

 

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