Workplace engagement is all about genuinely caring for your employees. They should be aware of their employer’s attitude towards them, which means that there should be ways and means to convey an employer’s concern to his employees. Employers must make clear that they care for them. This should be part of the Company policy so that employees can actually benefit from it. This policy will reap long-term rewards for the business.
Some important pointers about an engaged workforce are that:
- They will always speak positively about their Company to others including clients, customers, colleagues or friends.
- They are committed to stay with the organization, no matter what, sometimes even at the cost of a financially better opportunity.
- They are completely involved in the work they do and for the organization they work for – body, mind, heart and soul.
Engagement is a two-way process wherein both the employee and employer can find a middle ground to work their way around issues. The top people in the organization are the ones who can facilitate change. Some ways to ensure workplace engagement include:
- The process of engagement is what tells employees down the line about the difference they make. No matter how small their part, they must be given the power to see that they are building an edifice, not just a brick wall.
- Many times, all that requires is genuine appreciation in the form of a compliment, not even formal recognition, a pay hike or an award. Understand your employees’ needs as what might motivate one may not necessarily be liked by everyone.
- Convey to employees that they are valued individuals, people who make a difference to the organization and that you count on them at every step. Take feedbacks from them and be honest on how you are going to act on their feedback.
- Work on attendance policies that help the employee to meet work and family balance. Try to implement regular performance appraisals and annual reviews in the organization.
- Make an effort to inspire and motivate employees on a regular basis. Thank them for their work. Provide an atmosphere that shows value and constant appreciation.
- Build an attitude that encourages and provides support to employees to achieve their career goals.
Remember, engagement is something that cannot be forced. So, it is important to work towards developing an inspired employee workforce, with an attitude that values constructive employee feedback, and be accountable and work hard to incorporate changes in areas that demand them.
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