Employee Engagement Practices
Rajath JoshiParticipant# 2 years, 8 months ago
Well in simple terms, employee engagement can be defined as how your employees interact with your organization, how passionately they feel about their work and the efforts they put in for the welfare of the organization.
There are way too many “best practices” or “must follows” that you’ll find online if your search for employee engagement practices, however, from my experience it all boils down 3 simple yet understated things.
1. Communication: This is one point I can not stress enough. Yes, we all talk but its only a handful that truly communicate. Communication isn’t just about listening and stating your opinion, but trying to understand what the other person wants to say. Efficient communication also leads to a higher level of transparency instilling higher sense of trust in employees. Another great way to make communication more clearer and make your employees know they’re heard is by carrying out annual or half-yearly surveys and diligently acting on the red flags the survey raises.
2. Empathy: The best friend of communication is empathy. When you start treating your employees with a level of empathy, trying to understand their problems and roadblocks, it builds a sense of belonging and higher respect among team members.
3. Freedom: Let’s face it we aren’t in the 19th or 20th century that employees have to be held down to the last second of their “9 hour day.” Giving your employees the freedom to work as per their convenience is definitely going to increase employee engagement. For example, one of your employees finds it harder to concentrate on his tasks at work because of the buzz of people all around. Now, this employee would ideally prefer to be at work for all the important meetings and complete his/her tasks at home. And, it’s not just the work time. Also, giving your employees the freedom to choose tasks that pique their interest and allocate fix hours weekly can lead to increased productivity and innovation.
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