As any Human Resources executive knows, employee engagement at the workplace is key to company performance. When employees like what they’re doing and feel that their managers and coworkers believe in them, they’re much more effective on the job. They’re more creative, too, and they’re often more productive. This is likely because they’re focusing on the job that needs to get done rather than worrying about the future of their career.
There are three main areas to consider when it comes to supporting your employees:
No matter what programs and projects you launch, whether they’re focused directly on well-being or on increasing sales rates, employees will do better if they feel like they have a voice. This means not shooting down or punishing an employee with an opposing opinion; instead, contrary views should be listened to and encouraged, so it feels like everyone is on the same team. This is all the more so when it comes to office ergonomics. You need employees to speak up when they encounter pain or other problems in order to fix them; you also need their direct engagement with any proposed solutions, as behavioral changes are key to enacting change.
2. Emotional Commitment
The true measure of employee engagement is their emotional commitment. Are they really in this job, or are they just towing the line so they can get their paycheck and go home? As discussed above, emotional commitment comes out of empowerment, but it also stems from physical and mental support as well. Often, it takes the holistic support of a wellness program to really show your employees you care, as well as the more traditional pay raises and benefits.
3. Measurable Results
Of course, employers love to get down into the numerical nitty gritty of how their employees are performing. But employees often love the numbers too, when they’re framed in the right way. After all, there’s no better way to see how they might improve, and to feel rewarded for all of their hard work when the numbers say they do.
For more on this topic, we highly recommend reading, 3 Vital Steps to Workforce Well-Being, Productivity and Performance.
How does your employer support you? Let us know in the comments below.