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Tips for increasing employee engagement

Published: Tuesday 27th July 2021

Employee engagement is one of the most important things you can do to promote a healthy work culture. If executed well, it can increase employee welfare, bring you closer to your workers and in the long run make your workplace more efficient. Continue reading below for the best employee engagement ideas.

Increase workplace communication 

This might seem obvious, but if you have a healthy dialogue with your employees on a regular basis then you will likely increase how positive they feel about the company as a whole. This may not always be positive, but if your employees know they are having an input they will be more likely to want to succeed in the business. You may want to set up a suggestions box or release a weekly newsletter from yourself. Many leaders will set aside days to go around the company and speak to workers on an individual level. This is a good way to make your staff feel valued.

If your staff work from home, you may opt for regular meetings over Teams, or if you want to go the extra mile, arrange days to visit them for a one to one or invite them to the office.

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Have an employee wellbeing policy

You may want to put a lot of investment into your employee wellbeing. This is a big part of employee engagement in HR. Many businesses now have wellbeing officers who act as a middle-man between the employee and the business. This is a good way of monitoring a worker’s mental health and can increase the company’s awareness of such matters in the long term. A popular way to implement this might include:

Give your staff more responsibility 

You may not realise at the time, but you may end up micromanaging your staff, especially around tight deadlines. This can be counterproductive however, and you may find that employees’ creativity and enthusiasm lowers as a result. Try to take a step back from monitoring their daily activities. Naturally, you may need to intervene in a time of crisis or negligence, however for the most part staff are likely to manage their own progress and the results will be evident. If you have a good management structure in place you can also relay any feedback to colleagues through them.

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Share your purpose

You will have your regular line of work, however many businesses may also have a secondary goal. This may be supporting mental health or charity work for example. When you are hiring, it may be worth looking for candidates that share the same values as you. If you hire someone who is not team motivated for example, you may decide they are not suited to be in line with your vision. The more people you have that share this, the more your employee engagement will work positively. 

Recognise good work

This is probably the most important one! Many companies are quick to jump on bad work or discipline but do not recognise effort and talent on display every day. You may opt to introduce an employee of the month scheme for example. Another idea would be to have a ‘spin the wheel’ in your workplace which gives the performing member of staff an opportunity to win a prize. This gives workers extra incentive to go above and beyond and enjoy the benefits they get from this. It is important to be consistent with this though, as many employers put this as a low priority.

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