A study by Gallup found that employee engagement in the workplace hasn’t increased in quite some time. In the United States, about 32 percent of employees can be considered “engaged” in their work; they’re “involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace.” These are the type of employees that every business wants, but they’re the ones that few employers manage to find.
This isn’t a just problem in the United States. Only about 13 percent of the world’s workforce is considered to be engaged in their work, which makes this a major issue that cannot be ignored; particularly because it could be keeping your business from reaching its maximum potential.
One of the reasons employees continue to remain disengaged in the workplace is that employers seem more concerned with measuring engagement than improving it. With survey tools available for most any business, companies can easily discover what their employees think about working for them. However, if this data isn’t used to innovate, it’s like holding a meeting to discuss a problem without resolving the issue.
Below are four ways that we think your business can improve employee engagement and increase satisfaction:
1. Give them the tools to succeed. If your employees are frustrated about their working conditions, give them what they need to do their jobs properly. For example, an employee might be stressed because their workstation is on the fritz, and IT hasn’t fixed it yet.
2. Understand what your employees expect. You may have hired your employees because of their unique qualifications, but you should also consider what they were looking for when they accepted the job offer. Try to live up to their expectations.
3. Invest in your employees’ future. If your employees don’t see themselves working for you for an extended period of time, they will be less committed to the company. High turnover is detrimental to your business. Benefits like health insurance, a retirement plan, and potential for advancement or professional development show your employees that you appreciate their hard work and that you want to see them stick around.
4. Provide regular employee evaluations. Your employees want to know if they’re doing a good job, and how they can improve themselves. If you can take the time to provide thoughtful and constructive feedback to them, you can show your employees that you want to help them become highly effective and rise in the company.
Are your employees engaged? One way you can help is by providing technology solutions that work for them. Outsourced IT solutions from Quikteks Tech Support are guaranteed to reduce stress. To learn more, give us a call at (973) 882-4644.