In this study from Harvard Business Review, only 24% of respondents say employees in their organization are highly engaged. Yet, a ‘High level of employee engagement’ is the 3rd most common answer to the question “Which factors are most likely to bring success?” (after ‘High level of customer service’ and ‘Effective communications’). It’s no secret: having employees who are engaged not only increases productivity, but makes the company an enjoyable place to work. So how do you keep your employees engaged?
1. Recognize the value they bring
This may seem obvious, but it’s often forgotten. And yet, it doesn’t require much! Thank your employees for what they do, mention their good work, and promote the big successes. Not just once a year. This is something to implement in your daily routine. It’s contagious. If people feel good and like what they do, they are more likely to congratulate others for what they bring.
2. Put them at the heart of the process
People like to be recognized for what they do, but it is not enough: employees also need to feel that they are useful in the organization. Show them that their work matters. This challenge exists in all types of companies, but the larger the company, the bigger the challenge. Put your employees at the heart of the process. Let them make decisions related to the work they do, whether it’s an engineer, a technician or an operator. Everyone is able to generate good ideas and bring knowledge, and the magic is: the more people share ideas, the better the outcome. Take advantage of this, it will be a huge asset for the company.
3. Encourage them to offer new ideas and suggestions
The last step: allow them to suggest new ideas and solutions. Continuous improvement is the key for modern organizations and it comes from every employee in a company. Often an operator who does the same tasks for years has much more insight on how to do the tasks well and how to make them better.
JITbase offers an easy way for every employee to suggest improvements and report problems. An employee can even change a procedure by himself without publishing it to the whole company thanks to a robust validation workflow.
Make your employees feel they have an impact in the organization, the power to change things and can improve processes. The company will increase performance (see in Forbes these 28 Research Studies that Prove the Benefits) and will offer a much better place for the employees to work.
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