Employee Engagement: How to Maintain an Engaged Workforce Throughout the Year
Managers would be thrilled to find their employees fired up and eager to work every day, but that’s not a realistic expectation. Even the most motivated employees require encouragement and support to do their best work—and consistent employee engagement doesn’t happen by chance.
Maintaining an engaged workforce requires thought, effort, and strategy—but is well worth the time and effort. Motivated, happy employees improve productivity, morale, retention, profitability, and many other positive business outcomes. Improving employee engagement is not only the right thing to do—it makes good business sense.
How can you increase employee engagement and reap the benefits of an engaged workforce?
Ensure employees know their “why”—People need to have a purpose. They want their work to have meaning. By explaining their work’s impact on the department, organization, or customers, you can help your employees feel like they are making a difference—and that their work has meaning and value.
Recognize employees’ impact and show appreciation of their efforts and contribution. Employees who feel like their contributions aren’t noticed or appreciated are unlikely to want to continue working hard. They may become resentful and begin feeling like their work doesn’t matter. By showing gratitude and appreciation for your employees’ efforts and achievements, you’ll communicate the importance of their contributions—and inspire them to keep up the excellent work.
Proactively manage workloads so employees aren’t overloaded. Overwhelmed employees lose their spark. Help employees prioritize their tasks to manage their workloads, and encourage them to take earned vacation time to rest and recharge.
Consider temporary support staff to avoid burnout. Working with a staffing partner ensures that your core team isn’t forced into unwanted (and expensive) overtime. Bringing on temporary employees during busy times allows you to ease the stress on your team while taking advantage of business opportunities.
Provide opportunities for learning, advancement, and enrichment. To remain engaged, employees need support and opportunities to grow their skills. Make sure you are providing all the tools and resources they need to succeed. Identify areas of opportunity, and offer training to encourage employees to explore areas of interest. As they develop new skills, they can share them with the team, further increasing engagement.
Help staff develop personal and professional growth plans. Supporting your employees’ personal and professional development shows them that you want to help them achieve their goals. By taking an interest in them as people—not just as workers doing a job—you’ll create stronger connections with your team members, which will likely increase their desire to do their best work.
Over-communicate and keep people involved. Your employees want to know what’s going on. Sharing news and communicating changes that affect processes will make everyone feel like part of the team. When everyone is on the same page, working toward the same goals, they feel a sense of belonging and are more likely to ask for help if they have challenges rather than becoming disengaged.
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