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Boosting employee engagement

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By  Stephanie Oakley

Making sure employees are engaged and committed to their work will ensure they are making a valuable and profitable contribution to the business.

While daily tasks vary based on the type of business and industry, there are universal strategies employers and managers can implement to ensure employees are optimally engaged in their work from day to day. Consider the following:

 

Collaborative projects

A great way to engage employees is to promote a team atmosphere by introducing collaborative projects. Working collaboratively is effective when brainstorming and problem solving, to ensure the best strategies are being put into place. With a group of people working on a project, questions related to practicality and how to strengthen the project are more likely to arise, thus strengthening the overall outcome of the project.

Many people dislike collaborative projects as it requires them to communicate with others and forces an element of accountability over the work they produce. When hiring, make it clear the workplace encourages a team based atmosphere to weed out the applicants that aren’t prepared to work with others.

 

Encourage and support positive well-being

While employees who work hard and prioritise the business are great assets to have, if they don’t live a balanced lifestyle and only focus on their job performance, they are more likely to burn out.

Creating a working environment where employees feel lucky to work with the business rather than resent their job will create a sense of commitment and loyalty between employees and the business. Ways to create this sense of commitment include:

  • Making it easy and encouraging employees to participate in commitments outside of their work, such as special milestones their children participate in.
  • Allowing employees time to attend appointments during work hours.
  • Giving employees time to catch up on work they have missed through being sick or having other extenuating circumstances.
  • Encouraging employees to look after their health, by promoting different physical activity pursuits such as office fun runs or lunch time fitness.
  • Ensuring there are facilities for employees to store and prepare healthy meals.
     

Flexibility

A flexible employer is one that treats their employees as individuals with lives outside of work, not simply just as cogs in the wheel that only function to serve business goals. By providing flexibility to your staff, you are going to have people that want to work for you and you will retain them longer because of the benefits that come from being a part of your team. Ways to provide flexibility include:

  • Flexible working hours, such as starting and finishing early, starting and finishing late, or splitting a shift due to an appointment in the middle of the day.
  • Working remotely.
  • Allowing a 9 day fortnight, allowing staff to take care of any other commitments on their fortnightly RDO.
  • Allowing staff to work weekends.

 

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