Employee engagement is a measure of how an employee is heartfelt attached to their place of work. It is demonstrated by the amount of effort they put into pushing the company’s agenda, as well as the resilience they show whenever the company is faced with harsh operational or economic challenges. Without strong employee engagement measures, the prospects of a company succeeding are very minimal. That is why every employer must strive to create workplace engagement for all employees, with or without a huge budget.
To create workplace engagement on a budget, you have to address the pain points. Points that revolve around employee appreciation, trust, and contact. You do not necessarily have to allocate bonuses or hand out gifts. Employees in a secure and respectable working environment are least concerned about monetary rewards. All you need to do as a business owner is to create workforce engagement. To provide good leadership and build an environment that all employees love to be a part of. Here’s how you can do that:
1. Grant Workers a Voice
Employees feel valued when their suggestions are heard and implemented. Being heard makes them more engaged and productive. They feel empowered to do their optimal best in everything they do.
One way of opening up communication lines in the workplace is having manual/online suggestion systems where employees drop their suggestions on different official and non-official matters. They should do this anonymously to minimize the chances of systemic bias and victimization from their seniors. Another idea would be to ask them directly to weigh in on ideas for growth and development during staff meetings and other corporate events.
2. Employee Recognition
In a fast-paced and diverse organization, individual employee efforts and achievements are hard to identify and recognize. That is why employers must make deliberate efforts to recognize exceptional employees. You don’t need money for this; you can recognize outstanding employees by offering them promotions, issuing thank you cards, or giving them a few days off. You know; anything to make them feel seen, appreciated, and special!
3. Promote Teamwork
It is easier to engage employees who work as a single, cohesive unit as opposed to individual glory-hunting workers. That is because people from different backgrounds and with diverse skill sets get the best out of each other when they collaborate. Besides, when people work harmoniously, workplace conflicts become rare and way easier to resolve.
How can you promote teamwork in your office?
By investing in team-building activities such as sports days, karaoke or entertainment nights, and corporate cooking competitions, among others. These activities build employee engagement and rapport organically.
4. Leverage technology
Managers can now automate complex tasks to bots to reduce employees’ workload. Enhance speed and accuracy, and boost employee productivity and efficiency. Using different tools such as a Zip or RAR opener software like WinZip, helps employees to share, download, and extract large essential files with ease, can be a great time saver.
Employees don’t have to spend an entire day sending single files via email. They can combine multiple files into a single RAR file to save time. They can then use that time to engage in more meaningful work. Employee engagement tools, on the other hand, help managers to find out what motivates individual employees. Obstacles could be overcome to boost their engagement. And consequently, staff retention for you as an employer as well.
5. Training And Development on a Budget
Training and development give junior employees the purpose and incentive to keep working for you. That is why regular career development programs are recommended for youthful employees.
Of course, meaningful training comes at a cost, but does it have to be expensive? Not at all! For instance, instead of sponsoring a new employee for a costly career training program, you can opt to pair them with a seasoned, skillful, and resourceful employee for a year. The recruit will learn the ropes under the senior employee’s guidance, without costing you a dime!
6. Safety And Wellness
Employee safety and wellness should be among the core responsibilities of any employer but, unfortunately, that is not something many employers care about.
As an employer, you need to make each employee feel safe from both internal and external biases and discrimination, especially employees from minority groups (with respect to gender, race, religion, and sexuality). In the same spirit, you must ensure that the working areas and conditions don’t put workers under any mental or physical risk.
In regards to employee wellness, you must help them achieve work-life balance and to stay fit & healthy. You can do that by adopting remote and flexible working for employees who don’t necessarily have to work from the office. Another way is to introduce paid annual vacations for all employees, their rank notwithstanding. You can also install a gym in the office to encourage employees to exercise as well as a kitchen office to encourage them to adopt healthy eating habits.
All the above will foster employee engagement without costing you a fortune.
The Bottom Line
There are too many risks of not investing in workplace engagement. Disengaged employees are unhappy, unmotivated, and unproductive, and all that reflects negatively on your company. You cannot afford to ignore the need for solid workplace engagement, no matter how stretched your budget is.
Lira Johnson is a business consultant with 6 years of experience based in London. She enjoys using what she has learned from 6 years of different challenges in businesses to help different starters achieve business growth and also help them establish clear goals that take their business from where it is to where the business owner wants it to be.
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