Starting an employee engagement program can be difficult for many managers. Read our collection of 20 Dos and Don’ts for how to successfully implement and improve your employee engagement.
1. Open communication
Open communication is the basis for any successful employee engagement program! Make sure you have an open-door policy in your company and ensure your employees feel comfortable to talk to their manager about any issues they might be experiencing.
2. Use employee rewards
Implementing a rewards system is proven to boost employee engagement! It will also increase your employees’ productivity rates, as well as job satisfaction.
3. Offer the right rewards
Related to the point above is the offering of the right rewards. If you offer rewards nobody wants, then it will be like you offer no rewards at all. Therefore, ask your employees what types of rewards they would like and make sure to offer those.
4. Show customer feedback
Showing positive customer feedback as a result of your employees’ efforts demonstrates how impactful their job is. It gives your employees a sense of purpose and directly increases their engagement.
5. Encourage employees to learn from each other
When employees learn from each other then they feel more motivated and encouraged to perform better. Thus, you also increase their team spirit and create a company culture.
6. Offer trainings
Our next point related to trainings: when you offer trainings to your employees, you demonstrate that you believe in them and you want them to learn new skills and develop their existing ones.
7. Recognize your employees
Employee recognition is directly related to employee engagement. By recognizing their efforts on a daily basis, you show that you appreciate and value them.
8. Keep it simple
Sometimes managers can get overexcited and implement all kinds of crazy motivational programs. What this leads to is employees rolling their eyes and half-heartedly doing whatever engagement activities their boss is asking them to do. Don’t make the same mistake! Keep things simple and your staff will thank you for it.
9. Engage your employees in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Encourage your employees to get involved with the local community or support a cause they care about. This will make them appreciate you as an employer much more.
10. Ask your employees how you can improve
Finally, ask your employees how you can improve. This will make them feel included and will increase their engagement with the company.
11. Don’t ignore your employees
Ignoring your employees is a big no-no. This includes ignoring them on all topics, as well as ignoring their complaints and ideas.
12. Don’t treat your employees like numbers
It is easy for a manager to focus exclusively on numbers, but this leads to employees feeling like they don’t matter and you don’t even seem them as individuals!
13. Don’t offer rewards too rarely
Offering rewards too rarely can lead to inconsistencies. This will make your employees feel as if receiving rewards depends on the mood you are in.
14. Don’t BS your employees
Saying things you don’t believe in or hiding information is a quick way to disengage your staff. Therefore, don’t BS your employees and show them the respect you expect from them.
15. Don’t have unrealistic expectations
If your expectations from your staff are too high, then they won’t even try to work harder as they know they will never achieve the results you expect from them.
16. Don’t communicate infrequently
Frequent and open communication is crucial, so make sure all communication channels are open. You might be surprised by how many brilliant ideas your employees can come up with if you only asked them! Be open to employee ideas and actively listen to their suggestions.
17. Don’t ignore employee engagement surveys
Often an anonymous employee engagement survey will give voice to many employees who are too shy to express their concerns or objections.
18. Don’t overwork your employees
When you overwork your employees, you decrease their productivity rates and increase absenteeism and employee turnover. In addition, overworking leads to health problems and work-life disbalance.
19. Don’t force your employees to be available 24/7
By forcing your employees to be available 24/7 you make it impossible for them to switch off and recharge. This can easily lead to burnout and disengagement.
20. Don’t prevent socializing
Socializing is an important part of the working life of most employees. Therefore, if you discourage them from doing it, they might find it difficult to build friendships with their colleagues and therefore feel demotivated.