How to increase employee engagement
We have all heard the old fashioned adage, “happy wife, happy life” probably more times than we care to admit but what about happy employees? They are the lifeblood of most companies and yet employers don’t always know how staff feel while performing their daily duties.
According to entrepreneur Andrew Carnegi, “There is little success where there is little laughter.”
Happy Employees = Happy Clients = Better Business Success
When staff isn’t happy your business will have lower performance. These are the people that interact with your clients and can potentially send a negative message. A poor interaction will deliver a poor experience to your clients affecting your bottom line. We only have one chance to make a memorable experience.
Would your company benefit from increased employee engagement and more importantly how do you go about achieving this goal?
Here are some easy ideas to open a dialogue on what may increase employee’s happiness and in turn increase performance.
- Use a free survey tool to ask employees what they need to perform at their best. You’d be surprised at the simple things they may be looking for. It could be a different chair, an Espresso machine or a paid wellness day.
- Help staff track their success with KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) and show genuine encouragement when you see improvements. Always check in regularly with these metrics.
- Evaluate your company culture
- What type of culture are you creating?
- Do you encourage feedback?
- Do you bring the fun to the workplace when appropriate?
- Our work environment drives a person’s performance and influences their results. Are there elements of their environment holding staff back?
While we can’t all be Google, there are dozens of ideas posted on Glassdoor showing why Google consistently rates as one of the best companies to work for. Everything from free meals, shuttles to and from work, paid overnight outings, to pups in the office and full blown recording studios for the creative musical employees.
It’s time to let go of the notion “the beatings will continue until the morale improves.” You will see a vast improvement in production with pups snoring on their beds under a desk and employees being challenged to a friendly Ping Pong match during their lunch break.
What are you doing to improve your work culture?