Engaging Employees in Today’s Workplace
As the working community recovers from the recent recession, it is important that companies look for new ways to invest in the satisfaction of their staff. When employees are not actively engaged in the workplace, profits suffer. According to a recent Gallup poll (page 7), worker disengagement costs the United States at least $450 billion per year in productivity losses. In order for companies to succeed, human resources managers must devise a few key strategies to eliminate some of the waste associated with a lack of fulfillment in the workplace.
Connect Employees with Management
Knowing what motivates employees is essential in determining ways to engage them. For human resources professionals, this means hiring managers that are supportive and eager to strategize about engagement practices. When managers honor the diverse influences of the workplace, they are taking great strides in creating an office culture that is unified, goal-oriented, and sensitive to staff needs.
Discuss Engagement Goals
This strategy goes far beyond the old-fashioned suggestion box. Using a comprehensive, two-pronged approach to discussing employee engagement will elicit genuine responses and foster an environment where critical assessment is encouraged. An HR-led team meeting can be a great way to address group concerns, while one-on-one discussions between supervisors and personnel can uncover unique, individualized modes of job fulfillment.
When employees feel accountable for success, they more readily contribute to it, so employee engagement and employee empowerment often go hand in hand. Mentoring can lead to professional development, which can help keep employees focused on their personal accomplishments and attachments to the workplace. Giving workers leadership opportunities and offering professional development programs can drive employees to take a personal interest in their specific roles in the company’s success. Human resources managers can help administrators identify strengths in the workforce and promote accordingly.
Use Social-Focused Technologies
Social networking has become expected in the workplace, especially for younger employees (page 8) who prefer mobile working. Having constant access to information keeps workers engaged outside of the office, as well as within. These collaborative technologies also give workers independence, and according to an ADP survey increases employee satisfaction (page 11).
With more than half (page 83) of the American workforce disengaged, this is the time to explore all the methods companies can use to locate, hire, and retain talented employees, supervisors, and other administrators. Online human resources management degree programs offer a convenient way to develop the skills needed to encourage employee engagement in today’s work environment. Saint Francis University’s online Master of Human Resource Management is intended for current HR professionals who are too busy for traditional education, but still want to expand their current expertise. The small class sizes give students the ability to share their work experiences in a classroom focused on real-world solutions and current trends.