Although the early months of the year are associated with starting new habits, maintaining these can be especially difficult. In the working world, staying motivated during the cold and darker winter months can be challenging. While TechRound does have some tips on how to keep motivated in the winter, we thought we’d share some advice on how you can do so during the arrival of spring. In particular, this article explores how businesses can revive employee engagement as the spring awakens.
What Is Employee Engagement?
There is no set definition for ‘employee engagement’; it encompasses a variety of things. Generally, employee engagement refers to the core relationship between a company and its employees. Employees who are better connected emotionally and mentally to a corporation are more likely to be engaged in their work and committed to their company’s goals.
Meanwhile, a lack of employee engagement may manifest itself through a lack of productivity, collaboration and overall enthusiasm in the workplace. Ensuring your employees are engaged and valued is crucial to a successful company.
Why Is Employee Engagement Important?
Employees that are better engaged with their work and company result in better productivity, teamwork and retention of staff. Whether your business chooses to promote employee engagement through HR (Human Resources) practices such as surveys or through team-building tasks or outings it is, however, important to keep employee engagement at the core of a company’s focus. Sporadic employee engagement outings and infrequent meetings or check-ins will not work long-term.
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How to Improve Employee Engagement
While paying your employees a fair salary, providing them with employee benefits and promoting them can all be great ways to retain them, it will not necessarily mean they are fully engaged with the organisation. But, how can you improve employee engagement? Find below some common methods to try and revive employee engagement this springtime.
1. Encourage Communication
Communication is one of the fundamental parts of running a workplace. Whether you are a startup or a large enterprise, ensuring communication is good in the office is crucial. Some examples of encouraging internal communication are by using communication tools, such as Microsoft Teams, Slack, Google Drive or perhaps Zoom. Whatever suits your business needs and budget best, a communication tool will likely help encourage it amongst employees that work remotely or in person.
2. Prioritise Employee Wellbeing
Your employees’ well-being should always be a priority. According to Mind, 60% of employees said that they would be more likely to recommend their organisation if their employer ‘took action to support mental wellbeing’.
Some ways to improve employee well-being are to encourage physical exercise and implement more social events. For example, if you’re a small startup you could encourage daily walking for remote employees as the weather improves. Similarly, management should welcome employees to be involved in decision-making, be more open-minded and take an active effort in well-being initiatives.
If your company is looking for an outing that could improve employee engagement, Topgolf has several locations across the UK, such as in and near London and Glasgow, that provide corporate event space. Getting the team together this spring for a fun outing could be a great way to refresh employee engagement!
3. Give Work Flexibility
Another way to employee engagement as the spring months approach is by providing your employees with more working flexibility. As the hotter and lighter days approach, people will more likely want to be outside. So, allowing employees to work outside, take walks during the work day and socialise with employees are all small steps that can go a long way in terms of employee engagement. Micromanaging employees never works, and regardless of the industry your company is in – employees will feel more engaged if they are trusted, treated as individuals and given flexibility where appropriate.