It’s Monday, and after a pleasant weekend of nothing but good times and memories being made, your employees are coming back to work, all with a glisten in their eyes, a smile on their face, and a whistle of song leaving their lips.
That is the dream, isn’t it? To have a team that actually enjoys coming to work and, more importantly, is engaged while there? It may seem like a fantasy, something that is seemingly impossible and likely won’t happen, especially when you consider that any employee satisfaction poll you googled will tell you the majority of employees are actively disengaged at work.
But It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way!
Each and every day, more and more employers are actively taking employee disengagement to heart and learning ways to create a more enjoyable environment; one that, dare I say, employees actually like coming to. So without a further wait (and a hint that no, it doesn’t involve buying them a pinball machine, although that might not hurt) allow us to provide you with these tips to keep your employees happy and engaged at work.
Focus on Their Strengths, Not Their Weaknesses
While we hope this comes as no surprise, the fact remains that your employees are the greatest asset of any organization – so why not celebrate and focus on what makes them great? If you notice some of your staff are stronger in some areas than others, like leading projects over, administrative number crunching, have them focus on that and watch their enjoyment – and productivity – blossom.
Choose the Right Leaders
Have you ever heard the expression, “Employees don’t quit bad jobs, they quit bad bosses”? Well, it’s true. By taking the time and carefully selecting who your managers are, you’ll see how empowered your teams can collectively become, which not only boosts engagement but usually has a positive impact on your bottom line.
Do you know who knows not only what makes your employees happy but the ins and outs of the jobs they do? YOUR EMPLOYEES! Take the time to listen and engage with them, put out a survey, have line managers do assessments and find out what they need to make their jobs easier and their time at work more enjoyable.
Give Them a Voice
Employees want to know the people in charge hear them, however, this can pose a problem, especially in larger organizations. By promoting transparency and being open about what goes on at all levels of the organization, you’ll create a culture that encourages people to share their ideas, questions, and concerns, and that makes for a work environment people like coming to.
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