Keeping your employees engaged throughout the pandemic may seem challenging, especially if working remotely is new to your organization. However, employee engagement goes beyond tracking work hours or project management. Employee engagement starts at the roots of your organization and should be embedded in your daily culture. From there, implementing best practices to increase engagement within employees will seem like second nature.
See our 6 tips below and start implementing an engagement strategy that retains your top talent and improves earning growth.
Invest in Culture
Company culture refers to the shared values, goals, practices, and attitudes of your workplace or people. Strong company culture makes your employees happier and more engaged with their work. Some other lasting benefits of a great culture are attracting and retaining top talent to your organization and increasing customer satisfaction. A great culture can be built on any budget, as long as leaders are willing to invest their time into creating one.
See our other article – Build Positive Culture with Remote Workers – for more tips.
Implement Team Video Calls
As humans, we are naturally social beings and need that face-to-face interaction – especially now. Employees on video calls tend to be more engaged as they can see you and know they’re being seen in return. Employees are less likely to multi-task or zone out, and team collaboration can excel. It also helps to set the meeting tone and provokes professionalism while working remotely. Sometimes audio-conferencing is necessary but, when given a choice, video calls should be the default setting.
Weekly Check-ins/ Pulse
Checking-in with your people frequently and capturing sentiment data is crucial for business growth and employee engagement. A pulse check question is a short, simple, and specific survey to capture an employees’ feelings towards anything work/ workplace-related. A strong understanding of your employees’ feelings will allow leaders to mitigate issues and reduce turnover.
- High engagement results in a 28% increase in earnings growth.
- Only 21% of employees feel strongly valued at work.
Capture Employee Feedback
Employee feedback can greatly improve engagement, productivity, and team spirit. It can also help leaders plan a strategy for change, as we’ve seen this past year. Open communication with employees allows them to stop, reflect, and share their ideas/opinions honestly. This information is extremely valuable to organizations and can help leaders to drive positive improvements.
Tracking employee productivity can feel complicated. It’s hard to know what to measure or how to measure it. Monitor weekly priorities and start asking your team or people questions such as “what tasks did you complete this week?”, “what obstacles obstructed your works’ progress?”, or “what challenges did you face?”. This will get your employees involved and accountable for their productivity.
Employee recognition reinforces positive behavior, practices, or activities. Creating an effective employee recognition programs starts with a company culture that advocates for its top employees. Leaders can establish this by recognizing employees during team meetings and providing positive feedback during 1-on-1 conversations. Once recognition starts becoming engrained into your daily culture, companies’ can further recognize workers through employee appreciation events (ie: birthday celebrations, work anniversaries, etc.), giving little treats (ie: gift cards), or annual company awards.