Engaged employees work with greater passion and perseverance. As part of Administrative Professionals Week, Wednesday marks Administrative Professionals Day, a day dedicated to recognizing the work of secretaries, receptionists, administrative assistants, and other administrative support professionals. In honor of this holiday, we’re going to highlight some of the ways that a company’s executive team can show their employees that they appreciate their work and boost employee engagement.
4 Strategies to Boost Employee Engagement
Employee engagement matters. Studies show it can increase productivity and profit in pretty much every industry. And even more significantly, the way your company treats its employees and engages team members has a vast impact on how your corporate culture develops.
1) Show Appreciation
Tell your teammates when they’re doing well or when you’re particularly impressed by a project they’ve completed. Everyone can use a compliment now and then, and hearing positive things from higher-ups at a company can help employees at all levels feel as though their work has value and is appreciated.
While an in-person compliment is a great way to boost someone’s day, consider creating a hand-written thank you card to really show your team members and colleagues that you acknowledge what they do and appreciate the work they put into your organization. Really strapped for time? Even putting a post-it-note on a colleague's desk saying thanks can brighten someone’s mood.
2) Reward Excellence
Management can bolster employee engagement when they provide tangible benefits to shoot for. Bonuses, promotions, and other incentives often inspire employees to go above and beyond.
Some company leaders will say, “We don’t have the funds for that,” but rewards don’t have to be pricy. Check out these 35 inexpensive employee appreciation day ideas or American Express’s 101 ways to reward employees without giving them cash. Popular low-cost rewards for entire teams include flexible working hours or casual dress days, and for colleagues who are truly exceptional, many organizations use a wall-of-fame to recognize their accomplishments.
3) Be Transparent
Your teammates should have a clear idea of higher management’s goals and expectations. If you keep your employees in the dark, it can be difficult for them to get motivated around projects that don’t have obvious or clear-cut results.
Many leaders use goal-oriented communication to articulate the company’s priorities and keep everyone on the same page. With an idea of how their works affects the entire organization’s targets, employees are more likely to put in that extra effort to get the job done. Teams that are well-aligned with the company’s top priorities are also more likely to have higher levels of collaboration, communication, and accountability.
4) Encourage Employee Input
While quarterly or annual employee satisfaction surveys can help you get a handle on how your employees feel, you can also boost engagement by encouraging their input on other upcoming company decisions.
When you involve employees in your brainstorming sessions and are open to new ideas, you can generate some different and interesting perspectives on issues affecting your company. With greater decision-making opportunities, it’s likely that employees will feel as though their opinions matter and have worth in their individual department and for the company as a whole.
Open communication channels for employee feedback have an added bonus: your teammates can let management know immediately if they have concerns about a problem or something’s not going to plan.
Employee engagement can make a huge difference in how your employees perceive your organization and how they feel coming into work every day. Try out some of these tactics to increase engagement quickly and show your team members that you value them and appreciate their work.
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