Engaged employees – those who feel like a real part of their company – stay with an employer for longer, and are more productive. The company then saves time and money, as there’s less of a need to recruit and train new staff.
This concept isn’t new, but how do you do it? Employee engagement is about a combination of big shifts and small changes. Here’s 9 things that you can do right now to make it happen:
1. Allow employees to influence their own work. A suggestion scheme, company hackathon, or regular planning sessions with managers all give employees a chance to contribute.
2. Celebrate birthdays and work anniversaries. Everyone likes to feel special, and sending round a regular email with ‘happy birthday’ and ‘congratulations’ messages is easy.
3. Understand and nurture what people are passionate about. Find out about your employees interests and connect like-minded people to each other. You’ll be creating connections across departments and levels of seniority.
4. Offer benefits that people actually want, and make sure they know about them. If you get to know your employees, you’ll also be aware if a cycle to work scheme would be better received than childcare vouchers, for example.
5. Keep the whole team up to date. Employees who don’t know where the company is going can’t buy in to getting there. A regular company meeting and informational updates from management help spread the right information and reduce gossip.
6. Discover and share your people’s superpowers. We all want to use the skills that we have, so ask employees to note down their key skills and allow others to see what they are. When you need some help translating that email into Japanese, you’ll know where to go.
7. Find systems that encourage your people to use them. Unused software and processes are no help to anyone, so ensure your company systems are easy to use and look good to get the most uptake.
8. Put people’s pics on their online profiles. When employees and managers can more easily put a face to a name, they are likely to make more effort on that person’s behalf.
9. Make the management team more human. A feeling of connection to the leadership of a business is an underestimated commodity. This only happens when management are visible and take the time to speak to employees in groups or one-to-one about the things that matter to them.
Why are we telling you this?
At bob, we believe that engaged employees are better employees. It’s a big part of what bob helps professionals like you to achieve – alongside getting control of HR admin, and providing insight to your people data.
Tamsin Fox-Davies is the Small Business Evangelist at bob (www.hibob.com), and spends her time sharing ideas & best practice around SME HR & HRTech. You can find her on Twitter (@tamsinfd), at her desk, or curled up on the sofa with one of her four dogs and a mug of hot chocolate.