3 Tips for Improving Employee Engagement and Productivity

We’re so pleased to feature a guest post today from Persis Swift, Marketing Communications Specialist at CAI. She’s got some great insights on how to motivate your employees! And now, without further ado, take it away, Persis…

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All employers have a desire to direct a business that runs efficiently and produces stellar results. One way to fulfill this goal is to ensure your employees are engaged and satisfied with their roles at the company. Many positive results arise when employees are content with their position and duties for their job. Some results include increased employee morale, decreased turnover and better productivity. Several strategies can help you create a work environment that encourages employees to be motivated and work harder.

Here are three actions that you can implement at your organization to improve engagement and productivity:

Opportunities

Employees work harder when they have an attainable goal to work towards. Opportunities for a promotion, raise or special assignment are likely to keep your staffers engaged. Share with them the different opportunities available, and assist them in creating a path to secure the results they want, which will help you secure the results you want.

Transparency

Transparency is an essential element for companies wanting to be successful. There are a number of ways you can promote transparency at your organization. Instruct your managers to communicate frequently with their direct reports about their progress and opportunities for growth. Make sure everyone receives positive and constructive feedback. In addition, don’t shy away from answering questions about company finances, improving benefits and other topics that are top of mind to your employees.

Reward

Having a successful business is dependent on many factors, including how satisfied the employees who work for you are. An easy way to turn unhappy workers into more content ones is to recognize the contributions they’ve made for your organization’s benefit. You can reward your employees in a number of ways. Some options include free lunch, a raise, an office, extra time off — just be sure they are rewards your team members will enjoy and appreciate.

For additional tips to keep your workforce engaged, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.

About the Author

Persis Swift is the director and main author of Workplace Insights, a blog by CAI that posts HR-related articles every Tuesday and Thursday morning. CAI is a trusted resource for HR, compliance and people development with offices in Raleigh and Greensboro.

2 Comments

  1. Engagement can also be improved when your employees are given a certain amount of freedom to make their own decisions and take action. This is especially true in situations like the call center, where a script can turn a passionate employee into a bored robotic like answering service. Give your employees the power to actually make things happen!

    • Diane A says:

      So very true, Trish! I know I’ve been much happier in the jobs where I’ve been treated like an adult and given some leeway to make decisions on my own, rather than having to check in with my supervisor for every little thing. Micromanagement is a huge enemy of employee engagement, in my opinion.

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