In a recent study by advisory group Gartner, 31% of participants of a study of 5000 employees said that their company offers something unique and 47% reported that their stress levels had been higher than before in 2021. Only 23% of HR leaders expected most employees to stay with the company.
All of which could be considered risk factors for a disengaged workforce. Another study by polling and research company Gallup found that companies with disengaged workers suffer from 16% lower profitability, 18% lower productivity and 37% lower job growth.
The importance of keeping your employees engaged is clear, and a large part of employees being engaged is feeling valued, as well as feeling like their employer cares about the things that they value.
Values are a very personal thing and it’s important to remember this, but there are a few areas that you can focus on that will help your employees know that you understand and appreciate them.
The pandemic showed us all that flexible working is possible and can actually motivate employees rather than lower productivity.
Whether this is working from home or flexible working hours, it can be hugely beneficial to allow your employees some autonomy around how they best work.
Employees having some freedom around their workday means that they can fit it around things like their wellbeing and childcare. Knowing that these things are taken care of can give a huge boost in the employee’s motivation and productivity.
A large part of becoming disengaged at work is boredom and feeling like you have become stagnant. Doing the same tasks day in and out can quickly demotivate an employee.
Talking to employees directly or encouraging line managers to speak to employees about new courses they can take or what their promotion opportunities are is a great start.
Simply knowing what their role could lead to in the future can help to keep an employee engaged and motivated.
Even a small conversation about growth or upskilling opportunities can help to spark interest within the employee and they may take it upon themselves to grow their knowledge or skills.
Understanding the tasks that they undertake in their role and some of their knowledge or skills gaps can help you to make suggestions on what growth opportunities are available.
Another way you could do this if possible is by looking at where an employee best fits in the company. Although an employee may start working for you in a particular department, they may find that their skills and interests lead them elsewhere.
Where possible, give them the chance to try other roles and find where they best fit. If the employee is working in the best role for them, then the employee’s motivation and interest will grow, which will in turn increase their productivity.
A big part of feeling motivated at work is enjoying going to work.
Lots of people talk about having a family feel at work and the importance of teamwork in getting the jobs done.
Creating a good company culture and promoting it amongst your employees can help to create a motivating environment that your employees enjoy working in.
One way of doing this is encouraging the social side of working and giving employees time to bond as a team.
Fundraising for causes we care about is a regular occurrence here at Caboodle, whether it’s setting fitness challenges for ourselves or having fun days in the office.
This gives us time to socialize as a group, challenge ourselves and work towards a shared goal.
We definitely suggest doing some fundraising as a team!
Making sure your employees feel valued can have a big impact when it comes to your company’s productivity and employee retention levels.
Reward & Recognition
A major aspect of employees feeling valued is being recognised and rewarded for their work.
If an employee sees that the work, they put in is valued then it will increase motivation.
Rewarding employees doesn’t have to be a grand gesture or cost a lot of money. Something simple like an early finish one day or a longer lunch can help employees take more time out for themselves.
Or if you’re looking for a more personal approach then buying them a card or sending an e-card to their email is a great option.
It’s quick, cost effective and you can tailor your message to the individual. The ability to individualise the message helps to show that you truly value them and the reason why.