Across all organizations today, it’s well known that work satisfaction is closely linked to employee engagement. It is one of the most important indicators, and companies that emphasize the significance of having an engaged workforce outshine and outperform others that simply don’t. Finding ways to heighten employee engagement has proven to boost efficiency and productivity, increase customer service and satisfaction, reduce staff turnover, enhance company culture, and impact company profits. With that in mind, the question becomes, why don’t all organizations begin to understand the worth of improving their employee engagement as it’s clear that it’s essential to the success of every workplace.
With remote work becoming the standard practice, many businesses across the world have seen a detrimental impact on overall employee engagement. It’s becoming a complex problem that businesses need to solve, however they are noticing there are many factors and barriers that they need to overcome to be able to reap the benefits of having an engaged workforce.
See below the 4 key and common barriers to employee engagement and how your workplace can overcome them to create a happier company culture:
1. Lack of leadership & focus at the top 👑
Senior leadership and their behaviors can really impact employee perceptions of the company overall. Leaders need to push forward by clearly modelling the organization’s core values to ultimately lead by example to avoid becoming barriers to employment engagement. If your leaders put an emphasis on employees having to conduct themselves a certain way, they need to guarantee they are doing the same.
2. Shortcomings in communication & transparency 💬
A lack of frequent communication has a direct association with employee engagement. If important information isn’t readily available to all employee roles, they may feel left behind and de-motivated. If your communication is saturated and there is a lack of two-way openness, employees feel less engaged and less appreciated as well.
It’s important to invest in tools like Workplace from Meta to be able to achieve a consistent feedback loop, and develop a two-way communication strategy within the entire employee life cycle. There are features like surveys and polls, as well as the knowledge library where you can centralize all company resources in an organized fashion.
3. No employee recognition strategies 🏆
When employees feel underappreciated and undervalued it gives them the green light to turn a blind eye on all things company-related. A lack of recognition really impacts employee engagement as they may not feel emotionally committed to their work, and in turn may not be willing to go the extra mile for their company.
As a company, you need to make recognition an everyday part of your working culture to extract concentrated efforts from individuals that value recognition. Try not to focus on tenure instead of performance. You can introduce ‘employee of the week’ recognition and develop a “kudos” program that is visible and consistent for all employees who do a great job.
4. Zero attention to finding a stable work/life balance ⚖️
Some organizational leaders expect all employees to place the organization first at all costs, while not taking into consideration people’s personal lives outside of work. This can potentially lead to burnout and highly stressed employees which immediately affects levels of engagement across the board. The best way to keep your employees engaged is to allow for more flexibility in the Workplace.
Overcoming obstacles in employee engagement provides your organization with a big advantage that can help you stay ahead. There is no reason why organizations can’t build a positive working environment that promotes employee engagement. It does take time and effort, but the value it can bring to your organization can really do wonders and provide your organization with the culture it needs to remain at the top!
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