May 2024

Simple Ways to Increase Staff Engagement

At Peer Works we talk about a people-approach, and how good people practices are crucial to the success of a business.

Engaged employees are more likely to go above and beyond in their roles, leading to improved performance and higher productivity. Furthermore, when employees feel valued and supported, they are less likely to leave, reducing turnover costs and retaining knowledge.

Now let’s look what you should consider in a  people-focused  organisation:

Effective Communication

There is nothing more important than a clear, transparent, and open communication if your goal is an engaged workforce. Ensure that communication channels are effective and accessible, and encourage a culture of feedback where employees feel heard – the fair works’ effective voice dimension.

Staff Wellbeing and Engagement Checks

You might already be doing this, but I can’t stress enough on the importance of regular check-ins focused on wellbeing and engagement. These checks should go beyond traditional performance reviews to include discussions about workload, mental health, and overall job satisfaction. Implementing tools like employee surveys or one-on-one meetings can help identify areas where support is needed and highlight opportunities for improvement. A proactive approach to wellbeing ensures that issues are addressed before they impact productivity.

Job Crafting

Empowering employees to tailor their roles can significantly enhance job satisfaction. Job crafting allows employees to align their strengths and interests with their responsibilities, leading to a more engaged and motivated workforce. Consider encouraging your team to identify aspects of their jobs they find most fulfilling and to look for ways to integrate more of these elements into their daily tasks. This not only boosts engagement but also leverages the unique skills of each employee. To learn more click HERE for an introduction to job crafting by the PrOPEL Hub.

Business Culture

I love this quote from Cassandra Stavrou MBE, Founder at Proper “culture is the new business currency”. In fact, cultivating a positive business culture that aligns with your company’s values is crucial for engagement. This includes recognising and rewarding achievements, fostering teamwork, and promoting a healthy work-life balance. A strong, positive culture attracts and retains talent, drives engagement, and ultimately, enhances productivity.

Inclusive Workplace

An inclusive workplace where everyone feels respected and valued is essential for engagement. Diversity and inclusion drive creativity and innovation, as a variety of perspectives contribute to better problem-solving and decision-making. Promote a culture where all employees, regardless of background, feel they belong. This can be achieved through inclusive policies, training programs, and creating spaces for open dialogue.

Personal Development

For some employees the opportunity professional growth it’s crucial. If you think, investing in the personal development of your employees is a direct investment in your business’s success. Promote opportunities for learning and growth, such as training programs, workshops, and mentorship schemes. When employees see that their company is invested in their professional growth, they are more likely to remain engaged and motivated.