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4 Tips to Engage New and Existing Employees

Engaging new and existing employees can be a challenge. According to Gallup, only 15% of adults worldwide are highly involved and enthusiastic about their work and workplace. By engaging your employees, the more likely you are to retain employees, increase productivity and help win new business. The challenge lies in engaging them effectively and efficiently.

The problem is not just about engaging existing employees though; new employees should be engaged from the beginning, allowing them to settle in quickly and efficiently to contribute to the organization is essential.

Year on year, employee engagement becomes a higher priority. Organizations and businesses are constantly looking for ways to increase their employee productivity. The question is, has anything changed with employee engagement?

So, what can you do?

1. Introduce an online HR system

If you haven’t already, introducing an online HR system may assist you in improving employee engagement by allowing you to introduce new features for employees to use. There is a wide range of online HR systems for you to use; choosing the correct one will do wonders for your organization. Overall, a good online HR system will include features to increase engagement such as:

  • Holiday requests and tracking – allow the employee to request time off at their desk, on their break or even at home. Forget about paper or email requests, managing it all in one place which cannot get lost will ensure that holiday requests can be approved or declined efficiently. This allows the employee to make their plans promptly or re-arrange them and shows that you are looking after them.
  • Mobile app – if you are out of the office or do not want to check on your computer, some online HR systems offer a conveniently easy to use mobile app for you and your employees to use. This will also show your employees how you are moving with the times and keeping up to date with technology to benefit them.
  • Set goals and invite employees to contribute towards them. This allows you and your employees to track the progress of the goal. By allowing your employees to track their progress, they can take initiative and collaborate to reach the deadline that was set.

Allowing your employees to review their holiday, goals among other things will give them both more flexibility and autonomy over their working lives.

2. Encourage after-work social events

Arranging after-work social events such as meeting at the pub, gym, bowling or other team-building exercises will help your team grow closer and form a better bond. Enabling employees to engage and bond outside of work with the encouragement from management, it won’t be long before you see the benefits as the office, department or group of employees pull together to support each other, meet targets, deadlines, and goals. With an improved output from your employees, you will be able to heap praise on them; this will, in turn, increase employee engagement in their work and general happiness.

  • 39% of workers will work harder and increase their productivity at work if they are happy.

Alternatively, outdoor social events could be arranged. For example, you could do community litter picking at your local park. Not only is this positive for the local community but research has found that even short engagements with nature can increase productivity. If you need more ideas, here are 20 activities designed for employee engagement.

3. Employee recognition

Giving employees a goal to work towards, such as employee of the month means that you will be giving them something to work hard for. To increase employee engagement and ensure that there is no suspicion of management bias, you could allow your employees to nominate and vote for the person they think should earn the reward of employee of the month. By allowing employees to take the reins and engage in a fair voting system, they will feel engaged and happier, valued by their peers, as well as winning employee of the month plus any extra bonuses you may wish to throw in.

  • 69% of employees would work harder if they felt they would be appropriately recognized and appreciated.

4. Keep open lines of communication

Take advantage of internal communications by engaging employees with the use of surveys and feedback requests from them to show that you are listening. Digital tools such as SurveyMonkey can be incorporated to gauge employee feelings on certain issues, or by asking them to email their thoughts, concerns or feedback: whether this is anonymous or not is up to you.

Make sure that you are communicating business news regularly - 85% of employees said that they are most motivated when management offers regular updates on company news.

Ensure that employees can communicate with each other easily through digital channels. This may be via email or an internal communication platform such as Slack. By fully implementing social technologies, you can raise the productivity of employees by 20-25%.

Conclusion

Incorporating these tips to engage your employees, whether they are new or existing, should help you increase engagement and thus productivity. Failing to engage your employees can be very costly; disengaged employees cost U.S companies up to $550 billion a year.

Author

Ciaran Walsh - https://www.idcardcentre.co.uk/

Ciaran Walsh is a digital marketing executive at ID Card Centre. He enjoys all things SEO and thoroughly enjoys writing content for ID Card Centre as well as on his own personal websites. Ciaran is always looking to contribute engaging and useful content on other websites; his list is continuing to grow regularly.

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