Employee engagement has become a necessity today. According to Gallup, companies with engaged employees surpass those without them by up to 202%! Doesn’t that say it all?
Employee turnover is one of the biggest problems faced by companies today. $11 Billion is lost annually in terms of resources and training, the main reason being Employee Turnover. Additionally, organizations with engaged coworkers have seen a 6% higher profit margins in comparison to other companies.
Thinking about how to measure Engagement? Well, it’s pretty difficult to quantify it. But it can be seen by your employees’ willingness to come to work every day, their dedication and passion to work and by the smiles on their faces. Especially in Multi-National Corporations where there is multi-tier leadership, these techniques and activities can create a strong and healthy work environment. It will bridge the communication gap between the top-level management and the low-level employees thus, making everyone feel valued and perform better for the company. Top
Top Employee Engagement Techniques
1. Begin at the beginning
Whether through a phone conversation or a personal interview, be clear about the objectives and the morals of the company. It is integral for the employees to be well aware of their job expectations and specifications during onboarding. It will help build a clear-headed and strong relationship from the very beginning.
2. Breaking the ice
It’s paramount to make new employees feel welcomed so that they can adjust to the new habitat more easily and comfortably. Managers or top-level employees should take care to have informal conversations or ask about their well-being from time to time. This goes a long way in achieving the desired productivity from the employee. Overall, the aim is to make the onboarding process more pleasant.
3. Allow the Freedom of Space
Give the employee space to work. Allow them to practice their creative expression and present new ideas by thinking out of the box. Grant them the freedom to reach out to you even for the simplest of queries.
4. Create Transparency
Whether it’s in terms of money, future planning, goal setting, or crisis management, it’s important to include the employees and make them feel like they are part of the team. According to 2015 SHRM study, out of the surveyed employees, 70% of them felt more empowered when they were given the opportunity to make a significant decision.|
5. Communication is always the key
Always keep the doors open. Literally. The millennial generation believes in less formal meetings and more open discussions. It’s essential to bridge the gap between generations. Make sure to execute strategies that incorporate the inventions of Millennial with the experience of Boomers to help them communicate freely. Additionally, make sure the managers or top-level executives employ an encouraging feedback system to make everyone feel comfortable and welcome in the team.
6. Break free from usual work routines
Perhaps plan a getaway weekend where people from all the generations can have fun together. If you are not at that stage yet, you can start with game nights or sports events to make it more interactive and enjoyable.
By assigning meaningful work to employees along with decision making power, you can increase their retention rates and decrease their absenteeism. As a company, your aim should always be to have happy employees who in turn will produce happier customers and high-profit margins.