Employee engagement in the workplace is key to the success of a business and the relationship it has with its clients. As a manager or HR professional do you often ask yourself questions like; Are my employees happy at work? Are my employees giving 100%? What do they think of me?
Biopanel is here to provide you with a few quick tips and an efficient solution for the long run. Whether your business is corporate and well established, or a small start-up, we’ve got you covered.
Employee Engagement incorporates a number of different factors in order to make an employee fully engaged in the workplace. These include, work-life balance, health, relationships, happiness, involvement, commitment, feedback and much more. There are 2 different kinds of motivation that work for a person, intrinsic and extrinsic. Here are the definitions;
Intrinsic are internal factors that the employee/person may feel help motivate them, such as contribution, curiosity, interest, pride, enjoyment, fun etc. Alternatively, extrinsic motivation is the external factors that help most of us get up for work in the morning such as, money, reward and achievement, appreciation from others, competition and more. You have to understand what motivates and engages each employee, as each are different.
Sources from Gallup are suggesting that current statistics for 2018 are showing that only 15% of employees are actually engaged at work. Here is how to change that with a few simple ideas:
1. Know what makes your employees tick
Making a good manager is caring about your employees and knowing what motivates them. This is key to engaging employees. Motivating your team through group activities and rewards for employee of the month is always a great way to engage your employees. However, it is the difference between one person working for the soul purpose of earning money and another employee working because they have passionate interest in their job role and enjoy the environment they work in. Combining individual motivation and group motivation can allow for one happy workforce. To find out what makes your employees motivated in work, create a short and effective survey which helps you to understand what motivates each employee or what they would like to see changed in the work environment. A good way to do this is using Survey Monkey (see below).
2. Have some fun
Life is too short to be serious all the time. On average, people spend 1/3 of their life in the workplace, so having some fun from time to time helps to create a good work life balance and relieves employee stress. Gamification is a great way to help employees reach goals and targets in an incentivised way. Imagine if your employees could win a £20 voucher for a restaurant If they poached a new client or sealed a deal for you? That’s what gamification is, it means there is a reward for employees for when they reach a target/goal. However, an overuse of gamification is counter-productive and means employees will start to get bored of it. Or how about a games table in the office in order to let employees relax and de-stress during breaks? Fun at work helps boost creativity and productivity for employees. A study by the University of Warwick found that happier employees are more productive by an average of 12%. When a person is down, upset or bored, their motivation drops in which they will communicate less and the quality of work will drop. Lightening up the day with something as simple as, ‘Monday Morning Breakfast catch up’ for employees to chat about the weekend over a coffee or ‘Free Beer Friday’s’ can encourage better relationships within work and stress relief for employees.
3. Invest in learning development and role changes
A lot of employees don’t feel they have the ability to progress in their job role or find themselves trapped. This requires you as a manager to provide the chance for employees to see improvements and new experiences in their current role/position. According to recent studies 33% of professionals said their reason for changing jobs or wanting to leave a job was derived from ‘being bored and wanting a new challenge’. Providing your employees with challenges that push them beyond their comfort zone can often help them to feel engaged within work.
4. How Biopanel can help YOU
In addition to the core function of a Time & Attendance system, Biopanel is a unique engagement tool that utilises the requirement to clock in and out of work every day, as an opportunity to engage with your workforce. Feedback and communication is key to a company’s employee engagement, however it’s not always easy. We know it’s difficult to get feedback through time consuming surveys, also face to face meetings mean employees aren’t always honest or truthful because they don’t want to upset anyone, especially their manager. However, if employees only had to press a button on a screen to answer questions such as ‘Are you happy with your role at work?’ – They are more likely to answer honestly to an inanimate object. For more information on the Biopanel and its benefits for employee engagement click here.
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