Top strategies to drive workplace engagement in 2017

Employees are the building blocks of the success of any business, and, as a result, workplace engagement has become a hot topic among brands.

Itai Elizur writes for Customer Think, “Studies show that employee satisfaction is correlated to higher profits. When employees feel a strong sense of purpose in their work, they are more motivated and productive.”

Here are five ways to motivate and encourage your employees:

1. Improve Your Leadership Style

“No matter what employee engagement strategy you use, commit yourself to making your company a desirable place to work in. In Quantum Workplace’s 2016 Employee Engagement Trends Report, they have identified leadership and management to be a huge driver of workplace engagement success. It has been shown that workers who trust the company they work for are more efficient.”

“To create better employees, start by being a better leader. Be a good role model by displaying behaviors you want to see in your workers. Make time to appreciate them by acknowledging their efforts – no matter how small they may be. Involve your employees in your future plans for the company. Acknowledge their ideas.”

2. Have Lunch Together

“Have shared meals. Eating lunch together with your team allows members to share personal, non work-related stories that helps them get to know each other at a deeper level. A divided workplace is prone to conflicts and poor performances. Invite your team for a lunch out. If they work in different departments, sharing meals can be a great way to build strong bonds.”

“When eating together, offer healthy and nutritious meals that are mood boosters. Foods that guarantee to beat stress include salmon, spaghetti with mussels, fresh corn, and spicy tomato soup.”

3. Allow Your Employees to Work for Passion

“Good employees quit for several reasons. One of these is that they feel their talents are underutilized. Working without a sense of self-fulfillment often leads to frustration. It’s impossible for anyone to perform in a job that has no personal meaning to him.”

“Being able to pursue meaningful work is much more important than salary. Employee engagement starts the very day you hire people. During the hiring process, employ people who are well-suited for the job – those who want to be part of your company not because of the size of the paycheck they get.”

4. Create a Positive Work Environment

“Business success starts with a workplace that has a positive vibe. According to Business News Daily, you should bring in positive people so your office becomes a great place to work in. A negative employee spoils the performance of his co-workers.”

“Encourage mutual respect in your company. Invoke a strong team spirit by letting your employees support one another and work hand in hand. Never allow your staff members to feel overworked. Always let them know that their personal life matters – their family, hobbies, and interests. One of the things that employees value is work-life balance.”

5. Never Give Up

“If you think you haven’t engaged your employees enough, never stop trying. Successful brands have experimented with various workplace engagement techniques until they found a method that appealed to all their workers.vRemember that every company culture in unique. You can make leading organizations the basis for your practices but always stick to those that work best for you.”

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