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4 ways to effectively engage your employees

11.25.2016

Effective employee engagement is essentially the completion of a certain project your employees are entrusted to do in a shorter period of time, while providing better results. For that reason, the key to a successful business might lie in the way you manage your employees.

If you are not willing to provide an engaging and productive work environment where employees could thrive, expecting a positive outcome and an efficient workflow looks like a far-fetched idea. Some of the best businesses in the world have established an amazing relationship between the management team and their employees which significantly contributes to their success. So why not learn from those companies who have already set strong principles and examples for you to replicate and execute in your own way?

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 We’ve highlighted four benefits and perks that you should provide to your employees if you expect progress and further achievements: 

  • Will investing in additional education of your employees motivate them?

 First of all, you should keep in mind that once you attain a knowledgeable employee, you shouldn’t just try to drain all their knowledge, but rather try to create a work balance, meaning let the person improve him or herself while helping the company. If you are not willing to support your employees into learning something new at work and only use the skills that they already have, the end result will be frustration, demotivation and an inability to evolve further.

The idea of introducing new tasks will bring more passion and new challenges, which will make the employees more enthusiastic about work. Continual learning and keeping up with the current practices in their field work will bring additional motivation, skills and knowledge which will be beneficial for both themselves and your business. To do this, you should provide some extra free time and not overburden them with never-ending obligations, but rather give them the time to discover new skills. Providing means for an educational program or organizing courses which will develop the desired skills and expertise while at the same time inspiring leadership is something that should to be available to every single employee. 

  • Recognize their efforts and reward them

 If your employees do their job and never hear a single “Thank you!” or “Great job!” for a job well done, they will likely feel unappreciated and lose some motivation to perform well again. Not recognizing your employees’ efforts will make them feel as if they are doing something wrong and they could potentially stop putting that much effort into the work they are doing.

When it comes to recognition, we also refer to some rewards and praise words said out loud, directed to the most hard-working employees. This way you will motivate the underachieving employees to do their best strive for the reward or recognition after you set a standard of how things should be done by distinguishing your best employees from the others.

Feedback is a valuable asset which will bring in only constructive results, improving the drawbacks and strengthening the work ethic. In addition, the endnote to feedback would be the great importance of inspiring your employees which can be done by a few gestures of gratefulness, making them feel like an important and contributing part of the company. Once they get an improved sense of worth, their efforts and willingness to work will continue to rise. Therefore, in order to obtain the employer-employee relationship healthy and growing, feedback is essential. 

  • Provide a healthy working environment and promote a healthy lifestyle

 Who wouldn’t like to lead a healthier life, once they have the opportunity to do so? Every health-aware person knows that a bowl of fruits provides more energy than that high-calorie meal which will only make you feel sluggish afterwards. However, sometimes junk food is all that the work canteen offers or the only fast and cheap alternative in the restaurant next door. If you provide your employees with the chance to enjoy healthy meals, you will see how healthier food can have a great impact on their job performance.

In addition to providing your employees with some new healthy food options, wouldn’t it be even better to think a bit outside-of-the-box to improve their work environment? Instead of having a typical dining area, think of a more comfortable alternative, such as comfy chairs or a fluffy sofa where they could both rest their body and enjoy their meals.

Perks such as a gym membership, yoga classes or a relaxing massage are things which all of your employees would certainly appreciate, especially if they are getting it for free or at a discount, right? This is something which both the company and your employees will benefit from. Daily exercise can reduce stress levels and the risk of diseases, so work conflicts and sick days would be brought to a minimum. Not only would your employees be present mentally and physically at work more often, they will also be more focused, healthier and better at their job! 

  • Celebrate special moments

 Sharing special moments with your colleagues and making every employee feel like they are part of a big family will make them feel appreciated and respected. Celebrating birthdays, promotions, retirements, achievement of certain goals, and so on will create a tight bond between your employees. Don’t be hesitant to involve your employees in the planning of such events either.  For instance, give them a budget to organize a birthday surprise for a co-worker; you are showing them that teamwork is important both in-and-outside their daily scope of work.

If your employees look at their colleagues as friends, they will be more willing to collaborate, share ideas and help each other. By celebrating special moments, as well as team building activities outside of work, you will inspire them to work together in order to achieve their aims and goals, instead of competing against each other.

 Just by making a few changes to the management system, including some extra benefits, you will see how your employees can be more effective and successful thanks to the right conditions, resources and motivations. 

 

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http://www.gethppy.com/employee-engagement/25-employee-engagement-ideas

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