It’s a sad reality of today’s workplace that most employees are not engaged in their work. In fact, according to a Gallup survey only 30 percent of employees are engaged in their work, and though work gets done whether they are engaged or not, there’s a lot more companies could be gaining from engaged employees.
When employees are engaged productivity levels soar, and if you are a business owner or a manager this is what you should be aiming for. A happy employee is a motivated employee and employees who are motivated want to produce bigger and better things. They are inspired to do cutting-edge things in their industry, to innovate and use their imagination to put their company ahead of the competition. Employees who are not engaged on the other hand struggle with their workload on a daily basis. They get done what must be done for fear of losing their job, but their motivation stops there, they are not eager to achieve more. They are satisfied with simply producing enough just to get by.
Perks and Benefits
Most employers, recognizing the need to engage their employees, are now offering more things to get them motivated. Many companies, taking a page out of Google’s book, are now offering free meals, on-site gym facilities, health coverage, bonuses and raises to make their employees happy. However, few are successful in this endeavour as they fail to understand that engagement does not happen in an employee’s mind, or wallet for that matter. Employee engagement happens in an employees’ heart.
Employee Engagement Is a Thing of the Heart
Although compensation packages and benefits are important because they help make employees happy in their after work life, they are not as important as creating a positive workplace. A positive workplace is what inspires people to achieve more and as a business owner, this is what you should be aiming for.
People are led by their emotions, and this is just as true in the workplace. An employee who feels happy in the workplace because they feel that they are surrounded by people – manager and colleagues alike – who are interested in their well-being, are far more likely to strive for more.
Feeling good about what you do is not just about being good at what you do, it’s also about being recognized and valued by your boss and colleagues. This is why employees who receive positive feedback and who are constantly made to feel safe have more chances of succeeding in the workplace.
What You Should Be Doing as a Leader
If you are interested in engaging your employees and in retaining them for that matter, then you need to make your employees feel loved in the workplace. This is not some cheesy cliché in the sense that you need to go over the top, it’s merely a matter of incorporating a more collaborative culture in the workplace.
Take the time to invest in your workplace culture and cultivate employees with each and every one of your employees, talk to them and encourage openness in the workplace. Be happy that you are in the workplace and show that you are happy, and pretty soon your employees will start feeling happy.
Of course, employee engagement is not something that just happens, it takes time and effort. This infographic will help you find the right strategy to make your workplace one where employees are engaged.
Employee engagement is a matter that you should be taking seriously if you want your business to get ahead of the competition. So take the time to get to know your employees and understand what they like and dislike in the workplace, take the time to make your workplace one where people are excited to come to every morning.
How engaged are your employees? Do you think that you target their hearts? Your thoughts and comments below please...