Employee Engagement in Challenging Times
Highly engaged employees are the driving force behind any successful organization. When your employees truly believe in your company values, they’ll go above and beyond to help achieve mutual business goals.
Keep your door open
Sometimes all it takes is a brief conversation to ease concerns. Engage with employees on an informal basis so they become more comfortable interacting.
- Walk around the office or workplace and engage in small talk.
- Frequently remind your team that you are available.
- Give undivided attention when someone comes to you with an issue.
Praise and recognize hard work
Employee appreciation doesn’t have to be a formal program. Simple, spontaneous recognition goes a long way in creating employee loyalty and satisfaction.
- Take time to personally say “thank you” for jobs well done.
- Leave a thank you note on someone’s desk.
- Recognize team members during group meetings who have gone above and beyond.
- Identify the specific accomplishment so the employee knows the work that you are recognizing.
Share your vision
It is the leader’s responsibility to create the future direction of the company. Employees need to feel a part of that vision.
- Show employees how their roles contribute to the company’s success.
- Set long-term goals with employees to give them a future to look forward to.
- Create an understanding that things change, and it is sometimes necessary to pivot.
Communication builds trust. It is key to aligning employees with the organization’s goals and objectives.
- You can never over-communicate.
- Be honest about the situation whether good or bad.
- Make employees feel included by keeping them informed.
- During stressful times, lighten things up.
- Celebrate milestones.
- Throw a party to recognize accomplishments.
- Bring in breakfast for your team.
- Break from the normal routine and put a fresh spin on things for a day.
Although times may be different, they will eventually become routine again. Use this time to reset and gain trust in your team.
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