According to Gallup, over 23 million U.S. workers are actively disengaged. This statistic may not seem too shocking if you consider that that is only a small fraction of the workforce. But then consider this, Gallup also reports that companies with engaged employees outperform the competition by as much as 202 percent. The Bureau of National Affairs estimates U.S. businesses lose $11 billion annually due to employee turnover. Help your company reduce turnover, and ultimately save money, by using the following three tips to engage your employees and ensure they are motivated to deliver results for your organization.
1. Show genuine interest in your team members
It’s important to first understand that engagement starts with the leaders and managers within a company. A Dale Carnegie Training Research Study shows: “Employees are more engaged if they feel their managers care about their lives outside of work and understand how that can affect job performance.” Work to show your team members that they are valued and appreciated. Recognize good work to give employees an incentive to continue to work hard, and support your team members in their work and growth.
2. Communication is Critical
The best communication plans are built on clarity and consistency. Encourage open communication within your team. Strive to be approachable and available when needed. Also, clearly communicate your organization’s goals and the specific goals and responsibilities that you want achieved by each individual. It is important that employees have a clear idea of what is expected of them and are actively involved in setting their goals. Remember that while setting goals for employees is important, it is also critical that that you also provide the necessary resources and training for them to achieve these goals. Feedback is also important so that employees understand their strengths and are able to monitor their own progress within the company. Provide constructive feedback frequently.
3. Build Company Pride
Company culture and pride is extremely important. The Corporate Leadership Council found that companies that created a rich company culture that fosters engaged employees, improved performance by 20 percent. When employees have pride in their company, they look forward to going to work and want to work hard to help the organization continue to be successful. Employees who have a sense of pride about their companies are also less likely to seek positions elsewhere and are willing to speak positively about the company to potential clients. Create a work culture that allows every employee to find their own place where they fit and feel welcome.
Help your organization stay successful by keeping your employees engaged and ultimately investing in their happiness.
This post was written by: Ms. Piera Palazzolo is Senior Vice President of Marketing for Dale Carnegie Training, the renowned leadership training company. Originally based on Dale Carnegie’s world famous best seller: “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” Find them on Facebook and Twitter @DaleCarnegie.