In order to compete in the modern business environment it is essential to show employees you care and increase engagement. According to the Gallup ‘State of the American Workplace’ report ‘over 70% of employees are disengaged’ and ‘companies with high engagement scores perform better than their counterparts in key operational areas like productivity, absenteeism, turnover, safety and quality incidents, shrinkage, customer metrics, and profitability’, Gallup reports.*
Richard Branson says “Take care of your employees and they’ll take care of your business”.*
So how can you show employees you care and increase engagement? In this article we outline some of the best ways you can do this.
Say Thank You
Research shows that employees respond better when they receive thanks and appreciation than when they receive pay rises and other perks. Employees that feel appreciated are more likely to be engaged and loyal.
Be specific with your compliments
Employees will respond better when they understand exactly what they have done well rather than just receiving a generic compliment. Remember to compliment individuals personally both on a one to one basis and in front of the team.
Promote colleague relationships
It is also important for employees to be thanked and appreciated by their colleagues. Employees that have friends at work are less likely to leave. Have a ‘colleague appreciation’ wall, where employees can stick post-it notes that appreciate and or thank their colleagues. Encourage employees to socialise together and take part in fun activities.
Take an interest
Make time to show interest in your employees. Ask them what they did at the weekend. Enquire after their families. Make them feel you care and are interested in them as people. Do what you can to help them. When employees feel that you care you will create a strong bond of loyalty that is hard to break.
Although things such as coffee for the office may seem insignificant, employees will feel appreciated if you provide them with quality hot drinks. You could consider installing a bean to cup coffee machine. Surprise everyone by buying doughnuts in the winter or ice cream in the summer.
You can empower your employees by giving them more responsibility. You could also ask them to attend networking events or exhibitions on behalf of the company.
We hope you’ve found these ideas for showing employees you care helpful. What do you do to show employees you care?