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Three ways to increase employee engagement

57289202 - motivated workforce and staff employees smiling artEmployee engagement is a major concern for managers today. Research shows that employees who aren’t engaged on-the-job are often less innovative and productive. And they are more likely to switch jobs at the nearest opportunity. Don’t let employees feel disengaged under your watch. Here are three ways to keep your team motivated and engaged.

Emphasize company culture. Whether you work out of a brick-and-mortar office or you manage a virtual team, consistent emphasis on the company’s goals and culture will help you foster an environment of trust, optimism, and determination among your employees. Reiterating the goals you’re collectively striving towards and thanking employees for their contributions to this culture is an important task.

Get better at delivering criticism. Nothing is more disempowering than being yelled at or harshly criticized by your boss. Employee engagement not only involves positive moments of teamwork and appreciation, but also moments of constructive criticism. Deliver bad news in a respectful way that will help your employees improve their performance, rather than leaving them wondering whether to just give up. And make sure employees know when they are doing a great job. Regular feedback is a key to keeping employees engaged.

Offer perks employees want. Not all employees need office ping pong tables, monthly beer tastings, and casual Fridays to be happy. You might be surprised to learn that some employees who are parents may want more flexible schedules and the opportunity to work at home more than they would want a raise! Get to know your employees’ wants and needs. Other employees may be more interested in workshops and training to learn new skills relevant to their jobs. Sometimes, a change as simple as allowing an employee to work 10 to 6 instead of 9 to 5 can make all the difference in the world.