3. Train employees to succeed
Creating a clear path for employee development will help to improve employee recruitment and retention. Encourage employees to grow within your company instead of giving them reasons to seek growth opportunities elsewhere. Employees want to feel cared for and supported by their managers and leaders.
4. Recognize and reward employees
To feel fully engaged in the organization, employees need to know that peers, managers and leaders genuinely appreciate their work. Recognition is also what makes them enjoy their work and feel motivated to perform at their best. It’s also important to understand how your employees prefer to receive recognition to maximize your efforts and consider their personal preferences.
5. Communicate feedback the right way
Employees at Top Workplaces feel well informed, recognized and heard, and they work well with other teams. Encouraging a culture of consistent, two-way communication makes this possible. When your organization establishes open communication as a company value and models it from the top-down, your employees will seek regular feedback and provide transparent communication in return.
6. Promote healthy work habits
Encourage healthy habits within the workplace. Promote taking breaks during work; it will not only help employees feel more cared about but help prevent overworking and burnout. It will lead to more productive work time. Ensuring work-life balance shows your employees you care about their well-being.
Use your company mission or values to create a team bonding activity such as volunteering for local causes, showing employees that you genuinely care about the causes you promote as an organization.
8. Conduct employee engagement surveys
Measuring engagement is the first step toward improving employee engagement. Surveys allow employees to give feedback and feel heard safely. They’re also highly beneficial because they are fully anonymous, allowing employees to offer genuine feedback without fear of backlash.
Bob Helbig is media partnerships director at Energage, a Philadelphia-based employee survey firm. Energage is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s survey partner for Top Workplaces.