Tips for Keeping Employees Engaged in the Workplace
Employees do their best work when they’re engaged and feel they’re part of a team working towards a common goal. While that should sound obvious, far too many businesses neglect, or worse, reject simple opportunities to keep employees engaged.
An un-engaged employee can be a ticking time bomb. If you’re lucky, they’ll just drag their feet and do the bare minimum required to stay on the job. Some employees take it a step forward and “poison the well” trying to convince other staff members or even clients that their company is a bad place to work. Luckily, if you as a manager can ingrain these practices into your everyday routine, you will be able to create a great work environment and help keep people active and positive.
Empower Them Instead of Dictating
Employees want to feel like their part of a team, not soldiers on a field taking orders from generals on high. Rather than rigidly assigning tasks, present them with a problem that needs to be solved. Ask them how they think it should be taken care of. Help develop the idea by continuing to ask questions and react positively. If employees feel ownership in management decisions, they will feel more important, and become more engaged.
You want engaged employees to have a “growth mindset.” Offer feedback regularly. Praise accomplishment, of course, but also present negative feedback as an opportunity for them to grow. Ask them how you can help them grow and improve, and be willing to do it!
Take the Time to Meet Face to Face
Sometimes you have to communicate via email, text, or phone. But as often as possible, take the time to walk down the hall and talk face to face. This helps drive engagement because a two-way conversation gives an easy opening to ask questions.
Set a Good Example
Employees who see their supervisor as a person with integrity are more willing to follow them as a leader. But if their manager doesn’t do what they say they’re going to, or plays by a different set of rules, they’re more likely to disengage.
Check in and Stay Involved with Their Projects
Lastly, show that you’re willing to help after a project has begun. Check-in and ask if there’s anything they need or anything you can to help move it along. Your willingness to do this demonstrates that you want them to succeed and that you’re all on the same team.