Who do you want working on your front line, an engaged employee or someone that may have one foot out the door? Employees need to be aligned with the organization’s vision which increases their motivation to perform and exceed expectations. Right Management conducted a survey recently and discovered that only 43.6% of employees are fully committed to their position and organization (Hartford Business, 2010).
A Gallup poll suggested that 72% of U.S. workers are “sleepwalking through their day.” Here are three ideas to facilitate superior rates of engagement. It will improve the bottom line as well as office morale. Keep in mind that genuine engagement starts at the top through modeling the desired behavior and providing support for middle management that will then be reciprocated to all employees.
- Employees need to know they matter.
This one sounds obvious, but often in the hustle and bustle of deadlines and KPI’s we forget to thank the people that matter most. How do you increase your gratefulness? There are a few ways to show employees that the organization is thankful for their daily efforts. An employee appreciation day is a fun way to incorporate a little fun alongside gratitude. Another way is to promote personal growth, on the job training and fostering an environment of lifelong learning.
- Corporate culture has to reflect the vision and values of the organization.
Branding is externally important, but it is also just as crucial on the inside. Leadership needs to walk the walk. The mission statement isn’t just on the wall in the front office; you can feel it in the air. Pick the three most essential aspects of your culture and focus on them at all levels. For example, Company XYZ decides to concentrate on communication, education and innovation. Now incorporate those values in everything you do!
- Provide flexible work options.
This one is a challenge. Workshifting is the new buzz word and basically means using the web to get your work done anytime, anywhere outside of the traditional office space. It is part of the modern business model based on the amount of time we spend on our computers. According to Telework Research Network, workplace flexibility can save organizations up to $20,000 per employee a year, help recruit quality talent, and increase productivity by 27%. To top that off, work shifters are 55% more engaged than non-shifters.
Here’s the big take away, make sure your employees feel appreciated, ensure your organizational culture reflects the vision and values of the company, and start thinking strategically about where and how your employees work. Can they work 20 hours a week outside the traditional office? Give it a try and see if they become more engaged, increase their productivity and enhance the corporate culture.