Are your employees engaged in the workplace? If you are being honest with yourself, the answer to that question is probably, “no.”
Your employees are your company’s biggest asset. Not only do they help the business to grow, they also help to serve your customers. You know that their engagement in the workplace is important to the success of your business. You’ve tried everything to boost engagement and reward them for their dedication to their jobs. So why isn’t it working?
According to the Gallup 2017 State of the American Workplace report, only 32% of U.S. employees are engaged at work. That means a whopping 68% are not. Here’s why.
Your employees don't understand the company's vision.
How can you expect your employees to do great work if they don’t understand what they are working toward? Set goals and discuss them with your team. Map out a blueprint of the business that outlines objectives leading to a larger company vision. Employees are more likely to engage and work toward achieving those goals when they have clear direction.
You aren’t motivating employees to do great work.
Your management style could be effecting whether or not your team feels motivated to do more than just bare minimum. It’s your job to create a work environment that fosters creativity and innovation, but those things can’t happen if your employees don’t feel motivated. Some ways you can motivate employees include:
- Offering opportunities to take on leadership roles.
- Allowing for flexibility in schedule and encouraging work/life balance.
- Providing feedback and constructive criticism.
- Offering development and training programs.
- Paying employees the market rate for their role.
- Giving recognition when it is due.
You aren’t communicating with your employees.
Improving communication is a difficult task. There is no easy fix to making everyone communicate effectively. As a leader, you should be setting the example for what is the expected level of communication. It is also your responsibility to remain transparent and keep your employees informed on changes. Only 13% of employees agree that the leadership of their organization communicates effectively. This can lead to confusion, frustration, lack of interest, and even fear for several employees who look to you for answers.
You’re not helping them to see their roles as important or meaningful to the company.
Disengaged employees may be struggling to see the value of their work. Employees who feel their jobs lack meaning are less likely to be excited about the role they play in the company’s future. Employees want to feel like they matter to the organization. Show them that they are worth it be implementing an employee recognition program that rewards employees for their contributions. Being recognized for their hard work will give them the validation they need to feel like an important part of your company.
Signs of an Engaged Workplace
Employee engagement can make or break your workplace. Your employees want a positive environment where they can produce their best work. Here are a few signs that your employees are engaged:
- They take ownership of their work
- They feel respected and trusted
- They work towards earning advancement opportunities
- They participate in meetings and share their opinions
- They offer support to their coworkers
- They feel they receive the appropriate amount of compensation for the work they contribute
- They volunteer for new projects and assignments
- They provide feedback to management
Engaged employees are hardworking and productive employees. They are happy in their jobs and have their sights set on achieving success.