It’s a transformative time for businesses and organizations. Competition in the last decade has grown rapidly in almost every industry. This has increased a company’s need to provide new, interesting, and innovative products and services. So how are successful organizations supposed to keep up with increasing competition? The answer, is simply by bringing out the best in their employees. With an engaging workplace, employees are dedicated to their company and personally invested in its success. They maintain a passion for growth and constantly strive for innovation. Unfortunately, actively engaging employees isn’t always as easy as it sounds. The question that is raised, is what can supervisors do to uplift employees and promote success?
Here’s everything you need to know about how to build an engaging workplace:
Find the Right Cultural Fit
Tight schedules, strict budgets, and pressure from HR often results in hiring managers choosing the first candidate who matches the job description. But just because an employee can perform all of the essential duties doesn’t mean they are a good fit for your company culture. Bringing on new employees that don’t mesh with your company culture can cause serious damage towards long-lasting employee engagement. Hiring employees without considering their cultural fit will cause new hires to feel like they don’t belong or. As new employees change the culture over time, longstanding workers will feel out of place in a unfamiliar environment. As the dissatisfaction from either group grows, their desire to leave the company will increase. Being aware of the warning signs of decreasing employee engagement is critical. While every employee needs to fulfill the job requirements of a position, their cultural fit within the company and ability to contribute to an engaging workplace should be considered along with their technical skills.
Establish Clear Expectations
There’s nothing more frustrating than not knowing what is expected of you at work. When employees are left trying to guess what to do, it’s almost impossible for them to be entirely engaged. Even if you want to participate and do well, you can’t be committed if you don’t know what to do. Once recruited, managers must make sure that employees have been properly trained and understand their responsibilities within the organization. Everyone processes information differently. Assuming your employees will think just like you is a huge recipe for misunderstanding and irritation. Check in with your employees on occasion to make sure you are on the same page.
Keep in Regular Communication
Neglected relationships will never lead to an engaging workplace. Communicate and collaborate with your employees often and encourage them to work with each other. However, it is important to remember that regularly communicating with your employee does not mean micromanaging. Take an interest in your employee’s welfare and show that you care about their growth on a personal and a professional level. Today, businesses all over the world are using collaboration tools to encourage healthy and productive communication. Collaboration tools make communication easy, whether it’s group and project-based conversations or personal instant messaging. Collaboration tools also offer coworkers the ability to keep in touch while working remotely or temporarily away from the office. This ensures that everyone is updated, interested, and engaged.
Show Genuine Appreciation
While they’re usually fairly rational, people are also highly driven by their emotions. In fact, a recent study even suggested that 70% of the average person’s decisions are based primarily on emotions. One of the most influential emotions in the workplace is appreciation and recognition. Managers are often all too eager to point out mistakes and generally tend to neglect complimenting an employee’s success. When employees feel undervalued or unappreciated, they will quickly become disengaged and emotionally disconnected. Continual dissatisfaction can even be contagious, causing decreased effort and engagement across the team. Don’t assume that employees inherently know you appreciate their efforts. An engaging workplace depends on managers regularly and honestly praising success. Here’s an article that details a few key ways you can show your employees appreciation. Thankfully, companies today can use collaboration tools to announce achievements on a social media-inspired intranet, promoting a culture of appreciation and creating an exceptional work experience for every employee.
Empower People With Potential
Understanding an employee’s strengths and weaknesses will help them excel at your company. Rather than being overly critical when employees struggle with a new role or responsibility, genuinely assess their abilities and determine if they might be better suited in another position. Make this transition a positive experience, allowing an employee to play into his or her strengths, and avoid implications of failure or inability. Similarly, try to recognize potential within your employees and help them cultivate their skills. When employees know you have their genuine interest at heart they will be open with you about their strengths, weaknesses, and interest. Reward ambition and fuel potential wherever you can and help employees find their most engaging path within the organization.
Build An Engaging Workplace With MangoApps
While every employee is of course ultimately responsible for their own interests and actions, managers can play a huge role in encouraging, supporting and sustaining a successful and engaging environment. When the right people are hired, trained and given the tools to succeed, organizations can discover value beyond what they have ever seen.
If you’re interested in learning more about increasing employee engagement or discovering how MangoApps creates an engaging workplace by empowering and inspiring employees, contact us for a free demo today.