It is much easier to keep an employee engaged in her work than to attempt to re-engage an employee who has mentally checked out of the job.
Approximately 55 percent of workers are not engaged in their work and 16 percent are “actively disengaged,” according to an interview with management expert Curt Coffman in the April 2002 “Gallup Management Journal.” Such employees cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars in lost productivity each year. Take a proactive approach to employee engagement in order to keep your company operating at peak efficiency. Happy workers are an added bonus.
Encourage employees to take ownership of the company. You can accomplish this literally, by setting up a profit-sharing program or by changing the way you relate to employees. Anne Bruce, author of “How to Motivate Every Employee,” notes that the “best managers make every employee feel like a business partner.” She suggests following Starbucks’s lead and calling employees “partner” as their job title.
Provide employees with projects and tasks that they are invested in on a personal level. While any job has duties that are boring or distasteful at times, if you can increase the amount of time employees spend doing work that is meaningful to them, your employees will demonstrate a higher level of engagement with their work.
Offer training opportunities to employees and encourage them to attend conferences when appropriate. People tend to become stagnant when they understand a set of tasks, but are failing to learn new skills. Your employees will become more engaged when you provide them the opportunity for professional growth.
Reward workers for their achievements, rather than punishing them for their failures, advises the “Wall Street Journal.” It is more effective, and encourages employees to engage their creativity, imagination and ingenuity in order to problem-solve.
Add challenges to an employee’s job description as she masters skills. This puts an end to boredom, a state of mind that leads directly to disengagement. Reward your employee for her increasing responsibilities and skills by offering a raise, a better job title or perks, such as flex time.
by Michelle Langley, Demand Media
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