Employee engagement is essential if you want to build a successful business. And the morale of employees determines the level of engagement. According to Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace report, 15 percent of employees are engaged in the workplace. Most of the workforce around the world views their workplace negatively or only does the bare minimum to make it through the day, with little to no emotional attachment.
The new “workforce is looking for things like purpose, opportunities to develop, ongoing conversations, a coach rather than a boss, and a manager who leverages their strengths rather than obsessing over their weaknesses,” according to Gallup. “They see work and life as interconnected, and they want their job to be a part of their identity.”
However, it’s not always easy to improve employee morale or engagement within your company. Making everyone happy can be challenging.
As a result, here are six suggestions to improve your company’s work environment.
1. Develop a scope of work
Draft a plan spelling out what you want your employees to accomplish. A business owner must know where the company is headed and be able to put this in writing and how each role contributes to key business objectives. Developing an effective scope of work for each job role can save time and money for you and your employees.
2. Communicate with your employees
Talk with your employees regularly to ensure everyone is doing what they are supposed to do. Making sure that everyone is on the same wavelength will reduce conflict in the long run. Ask questions to get an idea of what your workers are thinking about and learn to address their concerns. In addition, get to know your employees. Take time to learn about your employees and find out what they like and do not like in terms of their personal interests and hobbies.
3. Mitigate any potential conflicts
Things will not always go smoothly. When a potential problem starts to emerge among your staff, try to find a solution immediately. Do not let potential conflicts drag on from week to week. Use your problem-solving skills to prevent arguments. Be open-minded and willing to see where your employees are coming from.
4. Treat everyone with respect
Treat your employees with the respect they deserve and don’t take advantage of them. Remind yourself that your employees have feelings and that it is your responsibility to show respect and kindness. There is no excuse for being rude to your employees. Always show that you care. Many managers and business owners are so busy that they neglect the personal well-being of their workers. Showing that you care about the people who work for you can gain loyalty from your workers and increase productivity.
5. Don’t show favoritism
When making decisions regarding your employees, it is important to be fair. Making decisions that show unfair bias to certain individuals will create jealousy and bad morale for the rest of your employees. Each employee should be treated fairly and granted the same opportunities as everyone else at your company. Do not forget to praise team members who do a good job. Don’t assume that anyone is beyond hearing some encouragement. A simple thank you or a pat on the back goes a long way in letting your team know they are appreciated and that their accomplishments are noticed.
6. Share your success with others
Being cheap with your employees can cause resentment which will encourage some people to do just the bare minimum. If you want to increase productivity and morale, share your company’s monetary successes with your employees through various incentive programs.
Stan Popovich is the author of the popular managing fear book, “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear.” For more information about Stan’s book and to get some free mental health advice, please visit Stan’s website at managingfear.com
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