You’ve managed to assemble a very efficient and promising workforce full of competitive and mostly hard-working employees. A job done to perfection, right? Well almost, we say. A big task after successful recruitment includes methods you undertake to ensure employee retention. One of the first is employee engagement. Strangely, many organizations do not sufficiently invest their time and money into such activities. With an increasingly competitive market for skilled workers, companies need to pull up their socks and think about more such strategies.
Level of strategies and policies that might work depend upon how dedicated an employee is towards their organization. Engaged employees are those who are completely dedicated to the cause of the company and take responsibility of their work. They also are quite loyal to a company. They tend to stay at a company for long and usually become the leaders at the company.
Not engaged employees are those who are content with their job but only do what their job profile dictates. They don’t go above their station to effect changes in work ethic, structure or quality. They are not much concerned about the mission, goals, and values of the company. But armed with the right approach you can convert them to engaged employee.
Disengaged employees are the bad eggs of the company rooster. Not only are they not satisfied with their own job but they also try to propagate this negativity to anyone else in the company who cares to listen. They are not happy with the work and office culture. And they are stubborn in their ways as it is very difficult to convert a disengaged employee into an engaged one.
This calls for a growing need to engage your employees at a high level to ensure more productivity and better results. Here is how HR managers can improve their employee engagement:
- Give them proper resources to do their job
A company’s infrastructure plays a huge role in job satisfaction. You need to provide them with cutting-edge tech and tools to help them effectively carry out their job. Develop processes that are faster and easier so that employees can save both their time and yours. Do away with unnecessary and repeated paperwork because, honestly it is not doing good to anyone. All this can boost morale and end up increasing the productivity factor of your workforce.
- Provide tools through which they can continuously grow
A company with a work culture that offers growth in every sphere is an attractive bet to most employees. They want to work in an organization where they can see a rising graph in their career. Training that provides skills to the employees are highly sought after by employees. Organize training session on skills that are sought after – Data Analysis, SEO, Deep Learning, Marketing and such. Companies can tie-up with MOOCS like Coursera, Udemy, and edX to help foster transfer of employable skills to employees. All this will make them feel a sense of belonging to the company and they’ll develop a sense of loyalty as well.
Another way to ensure employee retention is by appreciating employees for good work. Try introducing a reward system in form of gift coupons and monetary benefits. Appreciate employees monthly who are doing a good job. This brings in a sense of competitiveness among employees that can drive growth as well.
- Open Communication should be encouraged
To connect better with the psyche and pulse of your employees, better communication should be sought. Surveys, team meetings and using suggestion boxes are some traditional yet effective ways to encourage open dialogue and airing of grievances which can be solved in a more nuanced way. Encourage employees – old as well as new to put forth their ideas to take the company forward in a positive direction using new techniques and strategies. More communication can also foster a closer bond among colleagues.
- Disclose what’s going on
Make your employees feel a part of the whole process and enlighten them on what’s going on. Keep them on the know-how of the numbers on the company. Share every significant news – whether good or bad with your employees to make them aware that they are a part of the journey.
- Promote Company Culture
Every company has a set of customs that form a wide part of what constitutes their culture. Inculcate in your employees the goals, mission, and values which forms the crux of what is expected of them. Encourage them to fit into the system by listing down the benefits.
- Be engaging
Nothing works better than human interaction to make a job look easier than it is. Instead of drowning the newbies at work under paperwork, assign a senior who can help them in the day-to-day functions of their jobs. This can result in a spike in the productivity level of your company and happiness level of your employees.
- Regular feedback
Make it a part of your office culture to give feedback to employees every month instead of a year. In this way you can keep track of who is performing well and who is in need of some help. The employees too will feel encouraged to improve their performance and stand out.Timely review of their performance helps them in updating their skills and performing as per the company’s expectations. Feedback can be both formal and informal as well.
- Give them time to De stress
Making them work for long hours under constant pressure and deadlines is a sure shot way to build resentment towards work and you among employees. It is your responsibility to not let them stress so much that they buckle under pressure. Organize fun activities which are both fun to play and useful to learn. Take them out for outings or organize parties as an annual reward.
- Work-life balance is the key
Offer flexibility in terms of working hours ― if possible, do away with the traditional 9 to 5 timeline and instead encourage them to clock same number of hours at their own convenience at home. This could lead to higher productivity and contentment among the employees.
You can’t increase employee engagement overnight. It can be done by employing above measures or something else that you came up within a definite period of time. You can easily promote a happy work culture by using some of the above-mentioned strategies. After all, employee engagement is the first step towards building a happy workforce.