You’ve probably felt it at some point in your career: you’re not engaged by your work. You’re bored, listless, and not feeling motivated. You don’t really care about your work and that means you don’t give it your full attention. It’s terrible for your productivity, so just imagine how problematic it is to have an entire company’s workforce that isn’t engaged.
Workforce management is only a part of running a business. Executing the everyday details right, sharpening the countless little actions that every employee does during the day, that’s how a company thrives. And your employees won’t get that right unless they’re properly engaged.
How to engage employees
Engagement doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a continuing, constantly building process to cultivate the right environment for the right people to succeed. There are a number of factors that go towards building that culture, and there are a number of steps you can take to encourage engagement. Here are a few examples:
- Performance-based compensation: By tying more of your employees’ compensation to performance and giving them a higher potential earnings ceiling, you do two things. You encourage employees to perform to a higher level, meaning you pay more to better workers, and you risk less if an employee doesn’t pan out. It’s a system which gives your employees a gentle stick and a big carrot.
- Offer opportunities: One of the major reasons for an unengaged workforce is the perception that effort won’t amount to anything. Have regular performance reviews, and select consistently over performing employees for coveted opportunities, whether they be job advancement, skill certification, leadership training, mentorship programs, or special projects.
- Recognize commitment: Not every incentive has to involve a big raise. Obviously, some workers will only be motivated by money, but most will get a boost just from being told that they’re doing a good job. Employee of the month awards and annual events are great, but remember the value of small-scale positive reinforcement.
- Be picky with hiring: Once you’ve started to build your environment, be careful about who you bring into it. Some companies push their employees with high levels of competition. Others seek to collaborate, cooperate, and work together. Figure out what approach is right for your company, and hire the employees who will succeed there.
Engaging your workforce is a vital part of a thriving business. Get in touch with us today to learn how we can help you get the most out of your employees and create a business environment to help them thrive.