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How to Engage Employees

29 April 2016

Employers are always looking for new ways to connect with their employees. A recent study by Globoforce’s New Work Human Research Institute has found that companies that focus on creating a “human-focused workplace” will see significant rewards in terms of employee wellbeing, engagement, and retention.

Exploring what employees value regarding work culture is a valuable exercise for companies wanting to engage employees and produce a sense of wellbeing and positivity. Read our findings on the best way to connect with employees and propel your company culture.

Human workplace

The Globoforce study asked U.S workers: Do your company leaders care about and actively try to create a more human workplace, focused on employee well-being? Only 63% believed this to be the case, indicating that more work needs to be done to create a happy workplace. The survey results show that when organisations “create a culture of recognition, metrics that indicate an employee’s intent to stay with a company such as happiness and trust, dramatically improve”.
Take a proactive approach to create a human and happy workplace, from team dinners to lunchtime yoga sessions. When employees believe that you are taking an active interest in creating a more human workplace, culture metrics will improve.

Purpose

Helping your employees to find purpose in what they do is important. Understanding how you as an individual fit in with the company’s goals and wider strategy is important for appreciating your significance.
Create a company focused vision statement, sharing where you want to grow your business, and ask your employees to create their own personal vision statements detailing what they want to achieve, and looking for opportunities to align your business with their personal goals. Taking the time to create your company and personal goals means that you can be totally transparent about the direction of the company, whilst recognising the significance of your employee’s purpose.

Timely recognition

Recognition and reward are strong influences on employees’ perceptions of leaders, as well as improving engagement and overall happiness.  
One aspect of a positive company culture is making employees used to receiving regular praise, so it is important to be in the moment and acknowledge people when they go above and beyond.  Meghan M. Biro , founder of TalentCulture comments, “recognition is most effective when it’s given in the context of a larger goal or business-results-focused activity. Random affirmations are much less meaningful than those tied to a business goal”. If an employee lands a big contract then make sure you put in the extra effort to understand and appreciate their efforts.

Ready to engage 

We hope you have found our insights useful and are ready to go forth and motivate! Engagement has a direct impact on happiness, so if your employees are highly engaged, this will have a direct impact on levels of happiness at work. Happy employees form better companies. 

Let us help you take employee engagement to the next level. Get in touch today to discover how. 

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