Make the connections
You and your HR team are probably already working on employee engagement, culture, values and behaviours. That’s great. But, when will you see a real ROI and what is stopping your employees from reaching their full productivity potential?
Focusing management effort on the things that are preventing your employees from fully connecting with the visions and values of your business is the way to move forward, deliver change and improve engagement.
Employee engagement surveys are a good place to start. Finding out where the problems lie gives you the insight you need to take action and instigate change.
It means you find out what it is that is preventing your employees from making the commitment required to sky-rocket your business to success. Ultimately, the better you understand your employees, the more chance you have of guiding them to do things better.
Give employees what they need
How can your employees perform at their best and be fully committed to your aims and visions if they don’t have what they need? Understanding pinch-points and why employees aren’t happy is crucial. Creating a culture where your employees are motivated, enjoy their work and can perform at their best is the aim.
There are certain conditions your employees need to work at their best. This includes the environment they work in, fair pay, clear instructions, appropriate training, the right tech and tools, how they are treated, opportunities, challenges, respect and above all a culture of trust.
Begin by understanding your employees
How do you know when there’s a problem that needs fixing when it comes to your employees? In many cases it’s not until a valued staff member leaves that a problem in the workplace is unearthed. By then it’s too late to save the employee who has moved on. And while it can be a wake-up call, by this stage deep-rooted problems can be difficult and costly to fix, especially where a toxic culture is deeply embedded.
Employee engagement surveys are a good place to start when it comes to understanding your employees. It’s worth noting that traditional employee engagement surveys are often too infrequent, deliver top-level themes and don’t usually get to the heart of what is bothering your employees. Without specific insights, actions are patchy at best.