7 Super Easy Tips to Increase Employee Engagement

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Work dynamics have changed. If we asked our grandparents, they would tell us that they joined and retired in the same company. Nowadays, it is very uncommon to see people enter and develop fully in the same place. However, employee engagement is essential for the proper functioning of any organization, since are the workforce that, with their efforts, drive business productivity forward.

Despite this, statistics indicate that only 10% spanish workers feel truly committed to their work, an average well below our European neighbors.

So, what can companies do to turn this situation around?

Discover here the keys to maintaining your team’s commitment and boosting their motivation.

Why is it important to have engaged employees?

Satisfied and engaged employees who work under the umbrella of a healthy and positive culture are the secret of the most powerful companies on the market.

Below, we show you some of the benefits that indicate the need to prioritize the commitment and well-being of employees:

  • Improved productivity: This is because engaged employees are more motivated and willing to put in the extra effort needed to achieve company goals.
  • Higher quality of work: Engagement encourages employees to pay more attention to details and better service to customers, obtaining higher quality results.
  • Talent loyalty: Because an engaged employee is more likely to prefer staying with your company over other offers. This reduces employee turnover and, in turn, lowers the costs associated with hiring and training new employees.
  • Improves Work Environment: An engaged work team contributes to a positive work environment, which improves overall satisfaction and generates an attractive brand image to attract more qualified employees.
  • Innovation and creativity: Employees who feel connected to their organization are more willing to contribute innovative ideas and seek creative solutions to problems, becoming an important engine for growth and continuous improvement of the business.
  • Greater profitability: Numerous studies have shown that companies with highly engaged employees tend to have better financial results ÔÇô specifically they are 21% more profitable ÔÇô including higher levels of revenue, productivity and shareholder value.

Challenges of work commitment

If employee engagement is so important, why aren’t companies doing more?

In reality, not everything is black and white, and organizations must face several significant challenges when attempting to engage talent. Challenges that vary depending on the sector, culture, and current labor market:

Changes in expectations

Younger generations of workers are looking for more than a paycheck. They value flexibility, work-life balance, purpose in their work, and opportunities to grow and learn.

If companies do not adapt to these expectations, they will have difficulty engaging their team.

Greater competition

In many industries, demand for specialized talent outstrips supply, meaning employees have more options to choose from.

Here, companies must compete not only in terms of compensation, but also in culture, professional development, and benefits to attract and retain the best.

Culture and work environment

A weak or toxic corporate culture is a determining factor in employee turnover. Work environments that lack inclusivity, recognition, or psychological safety drive employees to seek opportunities elsewhere.

Lack of opportunities

Employees who feel they cannot advance their career or learn in their current workplace will likely seek out new opportunities that offer these avenues for growth.

Mismatch between expectations vs reality

It is normal for employees to feel disappointed if the job does not live up to what they were promised when they were hired. Whether due to poor communication during the selection process or changes in job responsibilities, the situation ends up leading to a decrease in motivation and commitment to the company.

Lack of recognition

The lack of recognition for a job well done and the lack of commitment from management causes employees to feel undervalued and unmotivated, two feelings that do not help them connect with the organization. Quite the contrary!

Work flexibility

In the post-pandemic era , many employees have come to value work flexibility, including the option to work remotely as their top priority.

Companies that insist on more traditional work models will find it difficult to retain those who seek a greater balance between their personal and work lives.

How to increase employee engagement?

So is all lost? No, although making your team feel engaged and motivated requires a conscious and strategic effort.

To inspire you, here are seven tips you can put into practice to maintain employee engagement:

1. Make employees understand what is expected of them

Clarity is the key to success. When employees know exactly what to do, they are more likely to focus on meeting and exceeding those expectations.

So, set clear and realistic objectives ensuring that each person understands their role and how their work contribute to the overall success of the company.

2. Provide the right tools to perform the role successfully

There is nothing more frustrating than wanting to do your job well and not having the means to achieve it. Make sure your team has access to the training, resources and technical support they need to perform their roles effectively.

Furthermore, investing in the right tools will make your employees work more comfortably and agilely, which for them will mean greater satisfaction, and for the company, better results.

3. Offer constructive feedback to maximize the team’s potential

Feedback is a gift, especially when is constructive and growth-oriented. Celebrating successes and addressing areas for improvement openly and honestly helps employees feel valued and understand how they can contribute even more to the team.

4. Don’t ignore the needs of your collaborators

An employee who feels heard and valued is an engaged employee.

In this sense, employee surveys are your best ally to capture the voice of the team. Implement them regularly and collect feedback on the work environment, company policies or general well-being to demonstrate a genuine commitment from management to their development.

The key here is action. It is not enough to just collect the answers; It is crucial to analyze them and, most importantly, act on them to have a real impact.

5. Foster a teamwork environment

Teamwork is enhanced through specific practices that foster collaboration and a sense of belonging. You can do this through brainstorming sessions where everyone contributes, or by assigning projects that mix complementary skills, thus promoting innovation and mutual respect.

It is also very important to recognize the team’s achievements in a way that reflects the collective effort, highlighting the individual contribution towards joint success, which motivates and underlines the importance of each role within the team.

On the other hand, creating physical and digital spaces that facilitate continuous collaboration, open work areas and online collaboration tools improve project efficiency and cultivate a work environment where collaboration becomes a pillar of company culture, reinforcing cohesion and work commitment.

6. Guarantee a space of psychological security

A work environment where employees feel safe to express their ideas and concerns without fear of retaliation is crucial for engagement.

Psychological safety encourages innovation and learning, as employees feel free to confront challenges and then share their experience with others.

7. Share company goals and involve employees to achieve them

Finally, make sure everyone on your team understands where the company is going and how their individual work contributes to reaching that goal.

Actively involving employees in planning and decision-making not only boosts their engagement, it also leverages their knowledge and perspectives to build stronger strategies and achieve better results. So don’t waste them!

Do you want to know what aspects of your company drive the commitment of your employees?  

Find out with Team Insights surveys: Design your own survey or customize one of the predefined ones and start improving the engagement of your people. Request a Demo and check everything that Team Insights can do for you!

 

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