The foundation of a successful business is its employees.
Depending on the type of business you’re running, your employees are the face of the business, but ultimately, they’re the heart of the business.
As a business owner, it’s your responsibility to make sure your employees are happy and passionate about their jobs.
Of course, you’re human and so are your employees, so that means that every day won’t be “rainbows and sunshine”… You’re going to have bad days and so will your employees, but those bad days shouldn’t interfere with the overall operations of the business or the morale of other employees as well. In knowing that there will be good days and bad days, you want to make a special effort to take note of the engagement level of your team; what’s the overall energy level? All it takes is one disengaged employee to drive the energy and morale down of an entire team.
If employee engagement of your team is low, you have to find ways to improve it. Even if your employee engagement is pretty high, you need to find ways to keep the momentum going. The methods to boost employee engagement need to be tailored to each individual employee in various ways. But the biggest way to do it is going to require you getting to know them.
You may not get to know every single employee on a personal level, and that’s okay, but you at least have to make efforts that show them that they’re not just an employee number. When people work hard and perform well at work, they want to feel appreciated for it. According to forbes.com, more than half of US workers are unhappy in their jobs.
That’s not saying that you have to go around giving pats on the back to your employees every day for doing their jobs (that’s what they’re getting paid to do) but showing appreciation will go a very long way in boosting employee engagement.
To boost employee engagement in your business, here are some tools for success that always guarantee positive results.
Create a Positive and Productive Work Environment
Going to work every day can be a tiring and monotonous routine, and it can be even more draining when the work environment isn’t comfortable or motivating. As a business owner, you should make improvements to create a workplace environment that motivates your team.
Plants, comfortable desk chairs, keeping a comfortable temperature, nice office scent, and unique and creative decor are all things that add comfort to a workspace. When your employees can come into a space that’s designed and set up for success, engagement is sure to follow suit.
Mentor Your Team
A major part of boosting employee engagement is being a mentor to them. Most employers don’t bother to do this because they either don’t have time for it or they simply don’t care to involve themselves in it. But if you want to boost the engagement in your company, whether you’re building a diverse team of experts or training new employees, you’re going to have to invest your time in your employees by becoming mentors to them.
This isn’t something you have to necessarily do every day but you do want to interact and engage with your team to see where they’re having issues and how you can help them resolve their issues. This is going to show them that you care about their growth in the company.
Hold Social Gatherings Outside of Work
Engaging with your employees and colleagues is a great way to get to know your team on a more personal level. Some business owners tend to shy away from this because they feel it will bring too many issues into the workplace, but it indeed does the complete opposite.
There are all kinds of good team building activities to boost employee engagement and morale that translates into their work responsibilities. Plus, it shows your team that you’re human and you enjoy having fun just like the next person does. It also breaks up the monotonous routine of the workweek.
Show Appreciation Regularly
Again, this is not you having to hold your employees’ hands every day… but showing appreciation to your team will take your business a very long way. This doesn’t mean throwing pizza parties every Friday either. It’s the little things that count if you want to incorporate regular appreciation.
Something as simple as saying “Thank you for everything you do” at the end of each day will really make your team feel appreciated. Allowing your team to wear jeans on Friday will make them feel even more comfortable and enjoy coming to work. There are all kinds of ways to show appreciation to your employees to boost their engagement but it starts with you getting to know them first.