A recent study revealed that in the past year, only 32% of employees felt engaged at work. This means a large majority of employees simply show up to work, finish their tasks, and leave without gaining anything personally. If you’re a business leader and have found employee engagement lacking, it may be time to make some changes.
Here are the top 5 ways to engage your employees at work:
- Involve them. Show your employees that their opinions matter. When faced with a business decision, get as much feedback from them as you can. When it comes to new projects, make sure everyone has the opportunity to get to know the details. When employees know what’s going on internally, they feel more connected to the work.
- Have regular coaching sessions. Implement one-on-one coaching sessions with each employee on a regular basis (we recommend monthly). This is the time to explain what each employee is doing well and where they need to improve.
- Encourage brainstorming/group work. Working as a team helps employees discover their potential and brings employees together by bouncing ideas off of each other. If your employees develop relationships with each other and learn to value different ideas, they are more likely to feel encouraged and engaged in their own work.
- Celebrate wins! Encourage your employees by celebrating great work. This will remind them how much you value them as employees, and will provide incentives to continue producing incredible results.
- Communicate. Your employees will feel most engaged when you keep them updated and keep a constant stream of communication. Whether you’re talking work or talking personal life, keeping an open, communicative environment will help keep them engaged.
Have any more tips on keeping employees engaged? We’d love to hear them!