Employees are essential to the company’s overall success, however, often employee engagement is at the bottom of the list of priorities. Engaged employees tend to be more productive and are willing to go above and beyond for a company. So how should companies create a culture that fosters employee happiness and engagement?
It is not an initiative that is done once a year, employee engagement should be a part of the company’s overall strategy. There should be a focus on hiring qualified talent and ensuring that they remain engaged throughout their journey with the company.
Here are 4 ways to create a happy and engaged workforce:
- Communicate the company strategy
Leaders must make it a priority to share the organization’s direction and strategy with the entire workforce. There should be transparency of key points of information regarding the organization. Employees should have full understanding of future goals, history, operations and performance of the business. Once this information is shared, employees must have a clear understanding of where and how they contribute to the different elements of the strategy. This can inspire employees to feel passionate about the organization’s strategy when they know where they fit in terms of the company’s success.
- Focus on your team’s strengths
Leaders should seek to highlight what the members of their team are good at and what they love to do. When employees are encouraged to focus on their strengths they become more energized becoming more engaged at work. Similarly individual’s weaknesses should be identified so it can be determined how they can be complemented by another team member’s strengths.
"Excellent teams are built around individual excellence" – Marcus Buckingham
- Develop employee capabilities
Companies must make it a priority to invest in developing their team’s capabilities and help them reach their full potential. Often if employees feel they are not growing the company runs the risk of losing talent and having to recruit again.
- Deliver more meaningful feedback
Effective feedback doesn’t always have to be positive. Feedback that is negative can be constructive and help employees identify where they need to improve and grow. Without effective feedback there will be no improvement. Additionally, giving meaningful feedback to employees is essential for keeping them engaged and also retaining them. Feedback can inspire and motivate individuals to do better.
For more information on how Biz Group can help you achieve an increase in employee engagement within your organization, get in touch with one of our Solutions Advisors.