3 Tips for Increasing Employee Engagement

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Seventy percent of Canadian employees are disengaged, according to the Conference Board of Canada. Increasing the engagement of workers is critical to the overall success of a company as disengagement promotes turnover and negatively impacts the bottom line.

“Only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work.” — Gallup

3 Ways to Boost Employee Engagement

Here are a few ways to increase worker engagement in the next few weeks and improve business results:

1. Implement gamification in training —  Gamifying online employee training boosts engagement. In fact, 70 percent of Forbes Global 2000 companies use gamification to increase revenue, retention, and engagement. “Gamification” sounds intimidating, but it can be simple. To get started, Shift eLearning suggested deciding on how you will reward your learners. A contributor wrote,

“Setting the reward goal too low will make it seem as if it doesn’t mean anything to get it while setting the bar too high will lead to frustration.”

An instructional designer can help you gamify training and integrate reward elements into learning, increasing employee engagement.   

2. Equip current managers with leadership skills — A contributor to LinkedIn said that employees don’t quit their job; they quit their bosses. By upskilling current managers with critical soft skills such as leadership, you can promote worker engagement.

“Great managers care about their people’s success. They seek to understand each person’s strengths and provide employees with every opportunity to use their strengths in their role,” stated Gallup.

Delivering leadership training to those in supervisory positions will help ensure workers’ relationships with their bosses are strengthened. As a result, employee satisfaction will increase.

3. Offer and ask for feedback — Actively seeking feedback from staff can help to optimize engagement. So can offering feedback to staff.

“…employees need your feedback so they know where they stand with you, but as a manager, you should be seeking feedback from employees as well. This give-and-take relationship draws in otherwise disengaged employees and makes them feel that they have a stake in the direction of the organization.”

For example, managers can give employees feedback on training and performance. They can also seek feedback from workers concerning the performance of supervisors and how best practices might be improved.

Other Benefits of Prioritizing Employee Engagement

Making worker engagement a priority increases employee satisfaction and helps reduce turnover. Additionally, taking steps to engage employees, such as those listed above, can increase productivity by up to 17 percent, decrease absenteeism by up to 41 percent, and boost employee loyalty. What strategy will your company implement to increase worker engagement this month?

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