Companies want employees who are high performing and productive. For workers to be at their best, they need to feel engaged with their work, believing it is important, they are contributing and making a difference, and people are aware of their good work.
The problem is companies are not doing as much as they could to enhance employee engagement. It may be a matter of simple negligence rather than deliberate avoidance; nonetheless, companies need to step up their efforts. Studies have shown about two-thirds of employees are not engaged with their work.
Provide career growth and development
Everyone wants to move ahead in their careers, to learn and grow in their chosen profession. However, many times companies do not offer any opportunities to employees for this kind of career growth. This can affect the motivation of any worker. They need opportunities to advance, grow in their job and take on increased responsibilities and challenges. If a company does not offer this, employees will begin to look elsewhere.
Get input from employees
Employees often have ideas about how to improve operations at a company. Management needs to take these ideas seriously and show employees their ideas are being heard. Nothing will drop morale faster than ignoring what employees have to say.
Managers not only need to listen to their workers, but provide feedback as well. Managers must be aware of how they are coming across to employees; how their words and actions are being interpreted. Employees are always trying to read a manager’s actions and body language, as well as what they are saying, to determine their meaning, and managers need to be aware of this.
Workers need to know their supervisors trust them and have confidence in them to get the job done and done right. Micromanaging sends the opposite signal. It tells workers that management does not trust them.
Give feedback and recognition
People want to know how they are doing which is why feedback is so important. It needs to be ongoing. Managers need to let their people know how they are performing, whether they are meeting performance standards or if they need to do better or make changes. Don’t keep them in the dark.
It is also essential to recognize people who have done a good job. This is especially important in maintaining morale. If people put in a lot of hard work, and their efforts are ignored, it cannot fail to affect their engagement.
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