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Building an engaged workforce

Creating engaged employees can be difficult, but it’s something that businesses need to consider for long-term growth and employee well being.

Creating an engaged workforce is no easy task, but it’s something that can be achieved if the right measures are put in place. In the average working population, the ratio of engaged to actively disengaged employees is only 2:1, according to a study published by Gallup Consulting. Engaged employees feel connected with the goals of the company, and willingly invest in the role and the larger business. Obviously, driving engagement needs to become a priority for businesses.

Here are some tips on fostering engaged employees.

Identify workplace issues

One of the biggest factors limiting employee engagement might not be a problem with the job itself, but rather issues or policies within the workplace. Rectifying such issues can boost engagement.

A survey released by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) in 2013 found only 52 per cent of employees believed their boss valued their work contributions, or cared about well being. In addition, only 46 per cent said they ever received regular feedback.

With a lack of direction, it can be difficult to stay motivated – especially when working as part of a larger team.

Build a happy workforce

A key facet of employee engagement is wellbeing, and creating happy employees can mean productivity and engagement are boosted across the workforce. A supportive environment is key to a productive workforce.

Generate feedback

Using a low-threat 360 degree survey is one of the best ways to develop an engaged workforce, for a number of reasons. Firstly, constructive and uncensored (accurate) information can be garnered from employees to bring teams and managers together. 360 Degree Feedback in Leaderskill’s Leader/Manager Survey™ is based on behaviours that managers can ‘do more’ or ‘do less’ of, with debriefs that are positively focused and strength-based, rather than emphasising the problems. A model of feedback based on on the needs of respondents is the most powerful way to achieve this. Managers receive low-threat feedback that they can immediately action, and build an environment that promotes workforce engagement.

Conclusion

Creating engaged employees can be difficult, but it’s something that businesses need to consider for long-term growth and employee well being. Engaging employees should become an essential aspect of business operations.