Employee engagement can feel like a complex term. Every employer defines it differently and measuring engagement can seem complicated. Since the original concept was developed back in 1990, the way we view employee engagement in the workplace has changed drastically.
It’s not just about capturing an employees’ happiness rating, but about understanding their emotional connection to the organization and contributing role. Ultimately, this relationship influences the amount of effort an employee puts back into work-related activities.
Due to the global pandemic this year, people are experiencing higher levels of stress and it’s impacting employee productivity and engagement. So, what can leaders start doing today to keep their people engaged?
Keep a Pulse on Employee Engagement
The first step to understanding something is to measure it. Employee engagement is the result of tangible performance management activities and leaders need to start asking their people the right questions. Maybe you want to understand if your employees have a clear understanding of their work expectations or if they have the tools they need to complete their work.
Rhonda supports employers by capturing and measuring their peoples’ engagement scores, gaining employee feedback, and showing its progression over time.
Show More Compassion
We are all facing so many uncertainties, but one thing is for sure, we are in it together. For management, this is the time to start showing empathy and injecting compassion into your daily work-related conversations. Building strong relationships with your people now will help bring your team together and persevere during challenging times.
Be Flexible with Your People
As more companies shift to a work-from-home model (or some combination of that depending on your local restrictions), showing your people that you can embrace flexibility will help give them some sense of relief while trying to stabilize a new work-life balance.
Whether it is flexible working hours or work arrangements; providing a healthy work-life balance through flexibility in the workplace will help reduce stress, increase productivity, and even accelerate personal growth in your employees.
If you are beginning to phase back into the office, you can leverage Rhonda to help track individual wellness and workforce readiness for a safe return.
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If you were not already checking-in with your employees before the pandemic began, now is the time to start. Consistent check-ins help maintain a culture where every employee plays an important role in their team’s success and helps your people feel more connected to their work.
Regular check-ins have a lot of benefits for the organization. However, as leaders, we need to shift our mindset to how they benefit our people. Each employee may want a different experience or vary in the number of check-ins, especially while working remotely. It’s important to maintain a pulse on your team and take the time to ensure they’re on track, happy, and healthy.