Drive Employee Engagement In 5 Simple Steps

by Kylee Stone Jun 22,2021

The People Strategy Leaders Podcast

with Srikant Chellappa, CEO

Why is it so important to keep employees motivated or improve employee engagement? Employees spend about 70% of their day’s time in front of their screens working. Now with everyone working from home, that has increased even more with no defined boundaries for work and personal life. So if your employees lack motivation and are disengaged, they wouldn’t contribute to the organizational success.

Here are a few tips for you to motivate your employees and drive employee engagement:

1. Establish A Culture Of Continuous Feedback 

Most managers do not realize the importance of giving feedback to their team members frequently. Did you know that 24% of workers would consider leaving their jobs if they have managers that provide inadequate performance feedback? As an HR manager, it is important for you to create a culture of frequent employee feedback.

Feedback helps employees understand the issues with their performance and helps them fix the issues, and improves employee engagement. At Engagedly, we use Engagedly’s employee feedback software that allows users to give, receive and request for feedback and also allows the feedback receivers to acknowledge their feedback and work on it.

Also Read: Importance Of Continuous Feedback In The Post COVID Era

2. Recognize Your Employee’s Hard Work 

Another way to motivate employees in your team is to recognize their accomplishments and celebrate them. It is important to create a culture of employee recognition and awards. This gives a sense of validation to the employees and inspire them to put more effort and be better the next time. Recognition is the primary thing that employees say that their manager could give them to inspire them to produce great work. It has a direct impact on employee engagement.

At Engagedly, we use rewards and recognition on Engagedly. There is also a way to praise employees publicly on the organization’s social dashboard. With Engagedly, you can also award discretionary points to your employees for their accomplishments, which one can later redeem for gift cards.

3. Promote Transparency

Transparency is one of the most underrated aspects that drives employee engagement and motivates employees. Employees want to know about their contribution to their organization. But, most organizations fail to clarify to their employees how their work matters in the bigger picture. So, set SMART goals for your employees and align these goals to the organizational goals. It will help them understand their role in organizational productivity.

At Engagedly, we use OKRs (Objectives And Key Results), a very popular approach to setting goals as well as measuring and tracking them. Engagedly’s OKR software allows you to set individual goals, assign goals to your team members, track the progress, and align these individual goals with department goals and organizational goals.

Also Read: 5 Things To Look For In An OKR Software

4. Help Your Employees Grow 

It is important to give employees the opportunity to develop themselves and improve their skills. With Gen Z joining the workforce rapidly, it is important to provide employees with opportunities to improve themselves at work. Let your team members feel valued at the workplace by providing them with opportunities to enhance their skills. In the current scenario, it has become even more important for employees to reskill and upskill themselves. Leaders and managers must design developmental plans for each employee. It will help close the skill gap accelerated by the pandemic.

Engagedly uses its learning management system to assign courses to employees in various formats. Engagedly’s Mentoring Complete allows you to assign mentors to employees and promote on-site learning.

5. Care For Your Employee’s Wellbeing

According to the U.S. National Comorbidity Survey for Americans ages 15 to 54, 18% of employed individuals experienced symptoms of mental health issues.

There are many reasons why employees experience mental health issues and do not speak about it as often as they should. Remote working has worsened mental health issues. The number of employees reporting for stress, anxiety, screen fatigue, burnout, depression, etc., has increased drastically over the past one and a half years.

As a manager, it is important for you to commit yourself to the health and wellness of your own employees. Spread awareness and conduct training sessions for employees so that they do not feel ashamed to open up about these issues. Many employees do not speak about their mental health issues because of the fear of being misunderstood. Create a culture that encourages employees to speak about their mental health issues.

Also Read: How To Support Mental Health Of Your Remote Team

Many workplaces offer free sessions with therapists for their employees’ mental health assessment and support. Support your employees and encourage them to take therapy sessions occasionally. This will help them understand and acknowledge their deep-rooted issues and gradually solve them.

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Kylee Stone

Kylee Stone supports the professional services team as a CX intern and psychology SME. She leverages her innate creativity with extensive background in psychology to support client experience and organizational functions. Kylee is completing her master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational psychology at the University of Missouri Science and Technology emphasizing in Applied workplace psychology and Statistical Methods.

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