Employee engagement is imperative for ensuring greater efficiency and productivity. Without proper engagement, the employees lose their focus and motivation to work, which in turn damages the output of the business. Lower employee engagement negatively impacts productivity, employee retention rate, business costs, and business reputation. So, what are the ways to enhance and sustain employee engagement? Here are a few most effective strategies for this purpose.
- Vision and values of your business
Clearly stating the vision and values of your business is essential. As per research, the employees feel greatly attached to a company that aligns with their values and beliefs. Also, a clear mission statement makes the employees perceive themselves as a part of a bigger goal that leads to greater employee engagement. So an inclusive, purpose-driven, and relatable business statement must be created for enhancing and sustaining employee engagement.
- Security and equality at work
Respect is a necessity for every human being and treating everybody equally is part of respect. If workers perceive they are being treated at work without any discrimination and are being offered equal opportunities, facilities, and freedom, they feel more associated with their work. Otherwise, their productivity and engagement suffer. In addition, if workers believe in job security based on companies’ policies and the way it treats their employees, employee engagement and loyalty to business enhances.
- Employee – employer equation
As per competent surveys, the employees with good bosses were 38% more productive than the employees with bad bosses. Therefore, employee engagement is directly connected with the employee-employer relationship. If this relationship is good, employee engagement would be phenomenal. For this purpose, the bosses must be empathetic, reachable, and trustworthy.
- Skill upgradation and development
The employees feel more engaged with the business if the employees also get the opportunity to upgrade their current skills or learn new skills. It is therefore mandatory that a company should keep on arranging the training courses for its workforce. Furthermore, for greater employee engagement, the employees should be asked to work for which they have been hired. For example, if a researcher is asked to do graphic designing, it would kill productivity as well as engagement.
- Work ergonomics
A number of studies prove that the workplace environment is directly associated with employee engagement, level of productivity, and employee retention rate. Work ergonomics include the office infrastructure, availability of light, air quality, temperature, and others. A proper work environment enhances employee engagement because the workers feel at home at the workplace. Low light and bad air quality cause stress while inappropriate levels of temperature keep the employees disturbed resulting in lower levels of engagement. Proper relaxation areas should also be made available for this purpose.