By Martin Stephens, director Off Limits Corporate Events
Employee engagement is the buzzword within companies and a necessary component to reducing the threat of high employee turnover and for maximising productivity. Engaged employees are happier to perform in their roles, motivated to do their best and satisfied with the workplace culture.
However there are many barriers that stop the progression of engagement and companies must seek opportunities to overcome them, including:
1. Employee turnover and talent finding
Losing employees to the friendly job market can be a considerable issue for business owners and managers.
Lack of engagement and company culture can have a negative impact on employee turnover, it’s about meeting individual needs and giving your employees a reason to stay.
Companies face the risk of losing trained employees with vital skills and experience. Attention must be paid to creating a happy and supportive environment for individuals. This can be achieved through regular appraisals, social engagement and teambuilding activities.
2. Team bonding
Team bonding is essential to making friends in the workplace and key to increasing productivity. It can be the most rewarding, long-term investments you’ll ever make and helps improve business communication, employee morale and provides measurable improvement. It also allows the office to easily solve everyday workplace issues.
3. Work-life balance
Bryan Dyson, former CEO of Coca Cola addressed his employees regarding a work/life balance, stating: “Work efficiently during office hours and leave on time. Give the required time to your family, friends and have proper rest. Value only has a value if its value is valued”.
Increasing workloads and mounting pressure means that employees are becoming very stressed in their roles. Some leaders expect employees to put their lives on hold and pressurise them to work as many hours as possible.
The fear of redundancy places increased pressure. And, with Brexit looming, employees can feel obligated to work as many hours as possible to appear productive.
It’s important to remember hours and time don’t equal productivity. Reduced social time also means employees aren’t getting the adequate rest needed for a productive outlook.
Off Limits Events has hosted a number of Mindfulness events for clients to help boost engagement and manage stress in the workplace. The sessions help with relaxation, concentration, meditating, listening and learning to balance the workplace pressures with your personal needs.
If management is cynical about engagement it can also become an internal barrier. Cynical views are generally negative, selfishly motivated and laced with self-interest. True cynics will not see engagement as a genuine effort but instead as the latest management trick to getting employees working longer and harder. Break the cycle of cynicism by actively encouraging team members to speak up and address individual concerns in a safe environment.
5. Communication and transparency
Clear communication is key to seeing employees potential and what makes them tick. Google is very intentional about creating a culture that focuses on transparency. This means breaking down barriers, encouraging collaboration and focusing on creativity in the workplace. Also, employees want to be part of the culture where there are no hidden agendas. Informed employees will feel more valued and engagement will follow.
What do you consider are other barriers to engagement? Share them with Off Limits which offers a range of teambuilding and inspirational events designed to suit a whole host of needs to motivate and educate employees.