There’s plenty of doom and gloom about. But it’s always this way in the eye of an economic storm. Yes, there’s a certain macabre fascination watching the car crash that is European finance play out before our eyes. But as the ancient wisdom goes, the fast track to feeling more empowered is to focus on what you can personally influence. We all have some degree of empowerment in the workplace whether we’re the CEO or ceo.
If the barrage of statistics are to be believed (and it’s not fair just to trust the bad news), companies with high employee engagement levels grow on average 4.5 times faster than those with low levels (Hays 2010).
We know that engaged employees are:
I – involved
E – energised and energising
So why not try these top tips to promote the engagement drive within your organisation:
1. Give recognition
If someone has done well, let them know you know it. That doesn’t mean handing out bags of “swag”. A simple thank you goes a long way to increasing engagement so catch them doing the right thing
2. Give constructive feedback
Managers giving little or no feedback to their workers fail to engage 98% of them, according to a 2009 study by Gallup. Let employees know how they are doing & what they can do to improve. It’s worth giving your first line managers in particular training on how to do this, it needn’t be expensive and “little and often” works best
3. Incentivise good work
Ensure that your HR processes are hard-wired to recognise objectives that are “on brand”, “on culture” and “on strategy”
4. Create an engaging culture
An open door policy creates an approachable feel to the office, where employees feel comfortable. But make sure the door’s open in terms of behaviour as well as literally. Ensure management have a physical presence in the office and are role models for your core values
5. Involve people
Self-managing teams are engagement nirvana. Involving people in company decisions will make them feel part of the organisation & give them a real sense of ownership
6.Keep people informed
Don’t assume that people don’t know or don’t need to know. They will appreciate being in the loop about any changes in the company. Internal communication must do more than SOS (send out stuff)
7. Encourage suggestions & input
Let them know their opinions count…. chances are the answers to your issues can be solved in-house (that’s real innovation)
8. Promote role models
Rather than favouring favourites look to unusual suspects for examples of great practice and celebrate them. This will engage more people than you can imagine
9. Encourage training, development and a career path
Stress the benefits of working for your brand including developing new skills and having a career path in return for development. Relationships count but they need to be nurtured
10. Focus on their talents
Get to know the “real people” who work for you. Play some games. Find out what talents they have or want to have. Use these when delegating projects to ensure they are using their talents & developing in the right areas.
We hope these tips help but if you want to explore any of these points in more detail, do get in touch for a confidential chat.