How Great Leaders Boost Employee Engagement

By on June 19, 2017

Employee engagement is defined as the emotional commitment that the employee have for an organization and its goals. This means that employees do not work only for their paychecks or for their promotion. When employees are engaged, they can contribute greatly to the achievement of the goals of the organization.

Why You Must Invest In Employee Engagement

When employees are engaged, they readily invest extra effort, initiative, and time in order to contribute to business success. They are very committed to bringing passion, energy, and enthusiasm to the work they do.

Typically, engaged employees are higher performers. They actually produce better results for the company and its customers. Without a doubt, employee engagement is the key to initiating a high performing workforce.

Since productivity strategies are becoming a crucial consideration for organizations worldwide, employee engagement has become the highest agenda for business leaders. But creating an effective engagement strategy is not easy. For employee engagement programs to become successful, these must be tailored to meet the unique needs and motivations of your team members.

Tips To Boosting Employee Engagement

  1. Practice inspiring leadership
  2. Hands-on, passionate, and competent leadership is very critical to employee engagement. You need to invest time in understanding your employees’ aspirations and needs as this implies that all their contributions are valued. Regularly check in with them by participating in casual conversations or through occasional non-work activities so you will know how their workplace experience can be enhanced.

  3. Give recognitions and rewards
  4. Motivate your employees to always give their best at work. Celebrate accomplishments and thank them regularly for their efforts. Giving icentives for higher performance will actually give employees something extra to aim for.

  5. Provide opportunities for growth
  6. Employees become engaged when they are given the opportunity to use their knowledge and skills and are motivated to expand those skills to progress. Talk to them and ask about their career plan. Check also if there are new projects they can work on to further improve their skillsets. Always discuss with them the training and career development opportunities that can boost their current knowledge and capabilities. Cultivate team agility to ensure business success.

  7. Nurture meaningful work
  8. Engaged employees are confident that the work they’re doing has value to the company. As a leader, you must frequently reinforce how important your employees’ roles are to the organization as a whole. Emphasize that even the smallest tasks can contribute to business success.

    Also, grant them the freedom to enhance how things are done and involve them in making decisions – these provide a great sense of ownership over the company’s direction.

    Moreover, let them know that you’re always available whenever they have concerns or would like to talk to you about something, even when it is not work-related. This allows your employees to experience personal growth.

  9. Consider your employees’ lives beyond the office
  10. Determine the responsibilities of your employees beyond their workplace and come up with initiatives that allow them to balance home and work life easily.

    For instance, you can give them flexible hours or perhaps remote work arrangements. Inspire them to balance hard work with fun and enjoyment through regular team-building activities or social events. Also, let them share their suggestions and ideas for improvements by requesting for feedback.

  11. Give constructive feedback
  12. Providing feedback will help improve how your employees perform at work. When giving feedback, you must always communicate with the concerned employee in private and always be respectful in your tone. As much as possible, start the conversation with 3 positive things you appreciate about his work and character. Kindness matters most. The approach you take will actually have a huge impact on how the person receives the feedback.

    Communication must always be at the heart of employee engagement initiative. Great business leaders must find time to discover what motivates their team to do their best at work and what their career goals are.

    Use this information to come up with excellent opportunities for development and strengthen the value of their contributions. Stimulate your team by providing rewards, challenges, and career success tips. Most importantly, nurture a supportive work environment where your employees can succeed.

Salma El-Shurafa

Salma El-Shurafa is an experienced Executive Coach and founder of The Pathway Project. She is a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach from The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and a graduate of CTI’s Co-Active Leadership program.