An engaged employee will be invested in the future of your company, as well as their own future that they can see within your business.
Employee engagement in the workplace has always been a tricky thing to master, as not all employees react the same way to stimulating factors. Though there is no 100% “this will work for every company” formula, we have learned (and continue to learn) what works and what doesn’t. Here are a few of our findings and recommendations.
Research showcases that the numbers don’t look so bright for employee engagement in the workplace:
According to a 2015 poll from Gallup, only about 30% of employees find themselves engaged in the workplace, while about 50% say they aren’t engaged with their work, and 20% claim to be actively disengaged by their workplace.
So how do you keep everyone engaged, specifically creating an inclusive environment for introverts and extroverts alike?
Digital Signage – aka “Business Intelligence”
ActiveCo has multiple display screens in our office, reflecting our status, our goals, our metrics, our wins and our losses. These monitors are a type of digital signage which can be used to help your employees stay on track with certain projects, be aware of deadlines or specific dates, and take note of important key performance indicators throughout the workday. It’s also a great way for your entire team to, with a glance, understand where their teammates are at in terms of success, stress or availability. Not to mention:
- Encouraging work pace
- Friendly competition
- Commission sales status and goals
- Track other team incentives and goals
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Most of us think of a cell phone when we think of “BYOD”, instead of considering the full gamut of:
- Cell Phone
- Headset / Phone
It’s a fact that some employees just work better when they are using their own devices. They’re comfort and familiarity with the device can also help them feel they’re more engaged with your company, too! Regardless, you can create a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy to help your employees stay engaged (and efficient with their time).
Of course, you’ll also be facing the downsides of this concept in the potential for wasted time and security issues. It’s up to you to build out a policy that doesn’t become a detriment to your business. These can include agreements on monitoring usage, or excluding certain social apps from being on the device (or used during work hours).
Employees are more productive when they feel involved in their work, so you really want them using as few “applications” as possible. Too much back-and-forth can cost time and efficiency. To this end, collaboration is critical, and the cloud makes this easier than ever before. You’ll be looking for an application for communication. Think VOIP. Something like what ActiveCo uses (inquire within for details) that allows inbound/outbound calls, can be applied to iPhone & Android devices (working even on wireless/data connection) and has chat and video features so you can host online web-meetings.
Your employees can collaborate in real time so they can feel like their feedback is valued by their teammates, as well as being much more inclusive for your remote users who don’t get to see their teammates on a regular basis. Texting and emailing back and forth is as simple as talking for many people now, and it’s ease of use can help your team communicate better, while developing stronger connections. You will, as above, still have to consider the “wasting time” impact of this, too. People are people.
ActiveCo Technology Management can help your business implement technology solutions that can help you build employee engagement while improving operations as a whole. To learn more, reach out to us at 604.931.3633.