Time for Real Employee Engagement
Employee engagement is the hot buzz concept because it can lead to organizational and individual success. We’ve only skimmed the surface to discovering the real driver to have an engaged team.
A more engaged workforce is a more productive and happy one too. They are committed to your organization’s goals and values, and they want to improve the business. Their work has purpose and company values are upheld, in which they find satisfaction. You provide them ingredients for engagement, but those things are not the center of engagement. What is that ONE THING managers need to keep in mind?
Look at the clock—on the wall or in the bottom right, or on your phone. It’s the most valuable and irreplaceable resource ever. Time.
You should use employee engagement to raise the value of time for your team. Here are some things to think about when getting involved with engagement efforts.
Tailor engagement in-office
Employees are not just tools for profit. They want to feel their time is valued while at work. Yes, you offer up recognition, pay bumps, and challenging tasks—which is good but also quite standard. You need to do engagement activities that fit your organization—tailor your efforts and go slow. Activities go a long way to transforming the culture. Consider some out of the box ideas like office games and gatherings to help loosen up. That’s all just time on the active clock, now get them to use the neglected time off.
Encourage PTO & vacation
Vacation is necessary to get better performance—91% of employees that take vacations are better at their jobs. You want better performance from your employees, right? Drill it into their heads to get out of the office before the end of the year. Put work-life balance here at high value. You ramped up engagement in-office to help employees’ performance and they are using time off to stay energized, so turn your attention to how your employees work.
Consider flex schedules
A flexible schedule is not always an option depending on their industry and position. If it can be done, do it. This is the ultimate personalization method for employee engagement. You truly empower them in the engagement process to give them their time back. Workers will become more productive and happy overall because they feel you and the organization respect them as people and not just human resources.
Your employee’s time is the main theme in employee engagement. On company time, you can boost purpose and challenge all day, but they need their work-life balance to be a key value. Because time is a priority, they will work harder to ensure to maximize it on and off the clock.
Denis Coleman is the founder and CEO of Work Compass, a cloud staff performance collaboration software platform that helps teams align their efforts with strategic goals and continuously improve performance. Frustrated with the disconnect between strategy setting and day to day execution and the lack of tools available to managers to help them be great at their most important function …. Aligning their teams activities with strategic goals and actively managing for high performance Denis spent over 5 years researching strategy execution and performance management practices before founding Work Compass to create a software solution. Denis has held senior roles in Ireland, Czech Republic and North America with high performing electronics manufacturing and professional services organisations for more than 12 years. Denis has worked as Finance Director responsible for €800 million in annual revenues for Flextronics International, Key Account Manager responsible for annual revenues of more than €600 million for Dovatron International and Management Consultant for BDO one of Europe’s most successful professional services providers.