A healthy, positive workplace doesn’t just happen all on its own. It is a product of the culture an organization builds intentionally – and that culture starts and ends with your employees.
In your organization, do you want to foster an environment where employees are simply clocking in and going through the motions? Or do you want to create a culture where employees are actively engaged and invested in the organization’s future?
Research shows that employee engagement is a powerful predictor of organizational success. High engagement is linked with increased productivity, retention, customer outcomes, and profitability, according to data from Gallup.
A 2018 survey by The Conference Board showed that job satisfaction numbers are trending in the right direction, with 51% of U.S. employees reporting that they feel satisfied or engaged. But organizations still have room for improvement. Only 37.5% said they feel content with their potential for growth and 32.6% say they’re happy with their organization’s educational/job training programs.
This data contains helpful insights as you look for strategies to boost employee engagement and satisfaction within your organization. Figure out what your employees value and find meaningful about work – and offer ways to amplify those elements.
Prioritize Career Development
Employees want to feel competent and empowered in their jobs, and they will welcome the chance to build their existing skills and learn new capabilities. Offer courses, seminars, or ongoing programs that will help employees advance their careers, such as through continuing education, coaching or mentoring, industry-specific training, or leadership development. Provide opportunities for employees to grow and promote within your organization.
A little appreciation goes a long way in the workplace. Employees who log long hours and put in behind-the-scenes work to make everything run smoothly don’t always receive the acknowledgment they deserve. Recognize these efforts in ways that make employees feel seen and valued. Encourage managers to write thank-you notes or give employees public kudos at team meetings for their efforts. And offer bigger motivators, such as bonuses or surprise time off, for exceptional work.
Get Everyone Involved
Build a culture of team unity and engagement by encouraging events outside of work. Set aside a budget dedicated to organizing volunteer projects, fundraising activities, field trips, or other fun get-togethers. Give a group of employees the power to decide where to spend these funds, and let them build engagement and excitement around what interests them.
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