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10 Ways to Increase Employee Engagement

Engaged employees can be a fantastic asset to your company. They work harder, are more passionate about their jobs, go the extra mile, and feel connected to the company and its mission.

Unfortunately, most employees are not engaged at work.

A recent Gallup poll found that only 30% of American workers feel engaged at their jobs.

Increasing that percentage, even by a small margin, can help boost company productivity, overall happiness levels, and can strengthen the bonds between workers and their employers.

Here are ten ways to increase employee engagement!

1. Start at the top

If the managers and other leaders in your company don’t feel engaged, there’s a strong possibility that a majority of your employees won’t, either.

Making sure that everyone from the top leadership down feels like their job is worthwhile and important will create a culture of engagement, one that is critical for helping employees on every rung of the corporate ladder reach their full potential.

2. Create a positive work environment

Employee engagement will suffer if workers don’t look forward to coming to the office every day. Of course, not every company can implement comfortable beanbag chairs and lay out the ultimate red carpet for its employees. You can, however, create a friendly environment, one that emphasizes teamwork and camaraderie amongst managers and employees.

Making sure that workers feel at home and comfortable in their workspace is a key component to helping them feel more engaged.

3. Set clear goals and expectations

If employees are unsure about what direction the company is heading, they’re more likely to check out and stay disengaged. Keeping focused goals in the forefront of your mind as well as in the minds of your staff will help them feel connected to the company and will help boost employee engagement.

Employees want to know that the work they’re doing matters. Whether you’re selling paper products or building playgrounds, reinforce the idea that your company is doing something worthwhile. Employees will feel motivated and connected to each other as well as the company as a whole.

4. Foster a culture of corporate philanthropy

Employees want to feel a connection to the companies that they work for. If a company takes an interest in the causes that employees care about, workers are more likely to feel more engaged.

You can create an environment of corporate philanthropy by:

  • Creating a matching gift program. When employees give to nonprofit organizations, matching gift programs enable employers to contribute the same amount to the nonprofit. Employees will know that the company they work for supports them and the causes that they care about if their donations are matched.

Discover how matching gifts positively impact employee engagement.

  • Encouraging volunteerism. If you know that employees regularly donate their money or time to a nonprofit, help cultivate their relationship with that organization. Employees are proud to work for a company that has a shared investment in the community. Helping employees volunteer either individually or in groups and rewarding that volunteerism with volunteer grants can be a great way to connect with employees and keep them engaged.

Learn more about using volunteer grants to boost employee engagement.

  • Recognizing and praising employees who donate to nonprofit organizations. Employees will feel connected and engaged if you reward them for their charitable donations. Additionally, they’re more likely to continue to give to those organizations if they feel supported by their employers. Encouraging nonprofit giving is a fantastic way to help your employees feel connected to the company they work for and the causes they’re passionate about.

Find out how corporate philanthropy can help employee engagement.

5. Distribute employee engagement surveys

It’s difficult to know what employees enjoy and dislike about working in a company. However, distributing comprehensive employee engagement surveys on a regular basis, whether monthly, quarterly, or yearly, can help you assess what you’re doing right and what could use improvement.

If you detect problems, talk to employees about their concerns. Maintaining an open dialogue will help assuage some issues before they become major problems.

Check out these ways to create an effective employee engagement survey.

6. Encourage individual growth

Employees feel engaged when their employers are invested in them. Encouraging employee growth and providing opportunities to develop their skills either through training or by taking on bigger projects will ensure that employees feel connected and engaged in the workplace.

If workers feel that there is no room to grow individually and professionally, they will either leave the company or become disengaged as soon as they walk in the door every morning. You can avoid these problems simply by helping your employees reach their full potential.

7. Provide feedback – good and bad

If you don’t let your employees know how they’re performing, they will assume that you don’t have a vested interest in them or the work they’re doing. This can lead to disengagement and an apathetic attitude about work.

If an employee does well on a particular assignment, let him or her know that you appreciate the hard work and dedication.

Additionally, if an employee seems to be disconnected and distant and hasn’t been performing up to standards, have a conversation with him or her. The reasons for disengagement could vary, but having a candid exchange can help you determine the best way to help the employee reach his or her full potential.

8. Remember that employees are people, not machines

While productivity and meeting quotas are important, keep in mind that your employees can only do so much. They have lives outside of work that already demand a lot from them. Don’t overburden your workers with more than they can take.

Additionally, allow employees to have regular breaks and time to recharge. Taking short breaks throughout the day can help boost productivity and creativity.

9. Be transparent

Employees shouldn’t feel like they’re in the dark when it comes to the inner workings of your company. Naturally, there are certain things that have to remain confidential, but sharing information about the company’s next steps and goals as well as any news will help employees feel connected and in the know.

10. Encourage collaboration

Allowing employees to regularly work in teams and groups instead of on their own can not only help cultivate friendship and trust among them, but it will also boost productivity and engagement. When employees feel like they are part of a team, they are more likely to work harder and enjoy the work that they do.

Learn more about employee engagement best practices.

Boosting employee engagement doesn’t have to be complex. By combining these ten tips and finding out which ones work best for your company, you’ll be able to retain more employees, keep your current employees happy and content, and increase productivity.

Learn more about the importance of employee engagement.