Employee engagement plays an extremely important role in every organisation. Thats why, there is a constant need to improve upon employee engagement levels. This is not to do with playing the numbers game, but rather because it is important to keep switching things up.
The parameters that engage employees change with time. And it is important for organizations to view employee engagement as something that is malleable and therefore must be moulded accordingly. Companies might think they have no control over employee engagement. It’s true to only a certain extent. While organizations cannot completely control employee engagement levels, there is no reason why they cannot shape its trajectory. This can be accomplished by implementing initiatives to boost employee engagement.
Growth of talent
Talent development and up-skilling is an important aspect of employee engagement. It is an initiative that benefits employees as well as organizations. Talent development allows employees the freedom to learn skills and abilities that are not normally a part of their job description. When organizations provide employees with adequate avenues to learn new skills, employees enjoy being a part of an organization that takes an interest in their skill development as well.
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Team outings are all well and good but every year, it is important for senior leaders to spend some time with employees as well. This can be used as an opportunity by the leaders to share their vision for the company’s future and give employees an idea about what is happening next. This is not just any meet-and-greet event but rather, it is a way for leaders to be transparent about the company’s growth, and for employees to share the organization’s future goals and values. When leaders and employees meet and communicate, outside of the workplace, it creates an environment of shared aspirations and goals. Employees then feel more invested in the company and know that they too have a stake in how the organization grows, and employee engagement levels automatically rise.
Nothing kills engagement and motivation more than pushing through arduous processes and dealing with cumbersome technology. Ease of doing work also has an impact on employee engagement. Companies can influence work policies or departmental ones and can ensure that they allow for ease of work instead of stalling it. Additionally, upgrading technology as and when needed, can also help employees accomplish their goals faster, instead of killing motivation, because their system happened to freeze for the fourth time in a day.
Workplaces that are inclusive
Creating inclusive workplaces is not just about sprucing up a place to make it look fresh and appealing, but also ensuring that accommodations are available for all employees who need them. Accommodations can be for those who are differently-abled, those who have medical conditions, those who are recovering from personal tragedies, etc. Adding accommodations and inclusive policies help employees engage and integrate better into the organization as well. When their personal needs are taken care of, employees are more at ease and can concentrate better on work.
Understanding employee needs can go a long way towards increasing employee engagement levels. Organizations need to understand that sometimes employees have to deal with personal issues that require them to be away from work. And if they don’t have to worry about job security when they are dealing with such issues, there is a higher chance they are going to stay at the organization longer. Sensitivity and understanding from senior leaders and policymakers make employees feel like they are part of an organization that values them as people, not just as cogs in the machine. And who does not want to work at an organization that understands that employees are people as well?
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