Nearly four years into the pandemic, employers seem accustomed to remote, hybrid, or in-person work, yet there's a need for an enhanced engagement strategy in this evolving operational landscape.
Following a decade of growth, the Gallup survey uncovered a sharp decline in employee engagement during 2021 and 2022, particularly as remote work left us feeling disconnected. Now, four years later, it's high time to inject some excitement into the mix!
Mission Statements are Key
Mission statements appear to be losing their vibe. We need to stress our mission like it's the biggest gossip in town. Business executives ought to discuss their objectives as frequently as possible, according to Culture Amp's head of personnel and analyst relations, Damon Klotz.
This is crucial not only during the onboarding process but also throughout an employee's employment to ensure that it is ingrained.
Leaders, you must talk about it until you're sick of it, and make sure your team understands how their role is the star player in the mission statement.
Streamline Your Efforts
A leader should avoid implementing twelve different solutions simultaneously. Various issues contribute to low employee engagement, as revealed by the Gallup study. Factors such as "clarity of expectations," "opportunities for learning and growth," "leveraging employees' strengths," and "feeling valued at work" were identified alongside a disconnect from the company's vision or purpose.
Recognize What Your employees Truly Desire
To understand your employees' true desires, companies can use tools like company-wide polls. However, blindly accepting employee proposals as a way to "buy loyalty" may not be effective, as there's often a gap between stated wants and actual needs for effectiveness, notes Edmondson. Amy C. Edmondson, a professor of leadership and management at Harvard Business School.
A robust and lasting engagement plan requires a steadfast focus on objectives, coupled with open communication, to guide staff toward a shared sense of purpose and fulfillment. Create a "water cooler" atmosphere to ignite conversation. Set up a particular timing in a day when remote workers can take a break to indulge in casual conversations with their team members without any specific agenda.
Leaders, be honest with your input, keep your team updated, and recognize you can't do it all. Include fun team activities into your engagement plan to keep the energy up. Just Play Entertainment hosts a variety of exciting virtual and in-person teams games that your employees will love. Schedule your experience and save 30% off if booked before January 31st 2024. Let's change the game and make your workplace the hottest site in town!