According to Gallup research, only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work, and just 33% of employed residents in the United States are engaged. So, it’s no wonder that organizations of all shapes and sizes are becoming more preoccupied with keeping their employees engaged in the modern-day workforce.
Here are the top five ways to keep your employees engaged.
1. Offer Your Employees Personalized L&D and Career Maps
Seventy-seven percent of learning and development (L&D) professionals have claimed that personalized learning content and personalized learning experiences are vital to employee engagement.
According to research highlighted by Inc., the top reason employees leave their current companies is because those companies aren’t offering them career advancement or promotional opportunities. So, if you want to keep your employees engaged this year, personalize your L&D and training initiatives, and develop career maps for your employees.
2. Allow Your Employees to Truly Unplug
Most employees can’t stay engaged at work because they’re part of a work culture that is “always on,” causing them to feel overworked, burned out, and stressed. If you want your employees to remain engaged and highly effective and productive, encourage them to take time off, and insist that they truly unplug from work and their work devices on a routine basis.
3. Let Your Employees Be More Proactive
Research reveals that empowered and proactive employees are more engaged, productive, and happier, which ultimately leads to a healthier bottom line for your organization, too. Employees who can seek answers to their own questions and are introduced to challenging work will always be more engaged in the workplace.
For further insight, read “5 Ways to Boost Employee Engagement That Won’t Cost You a Dime.”
4. Know and Recognize Your Employees on a More Personal Level
Research also shows that understanding your employees on a more personal level and truly caring about them and their success will keep them engaged, especially when you routinely recognize their individual contributions and strengths.
This is why servant leaders are typically ideal leaders for improving employee engagement levels at organizations, as they focus on each individual’s unique needs, aptitudes, personality, goals, etc.
5. Implement an Innovative Company Culture
Overall, companies with innovative cultures inspire engaged employees. And employees who engage in democratic communications and are offered more flexibility are more proactive.
For more details and insight, read “5 Reasons to Implement a Company Culture Focused on Innovation.”
To ensure your employees are more engaged at work, follow the five best practices detailed above. And for more key information, read “Training Is Key to Engagement in an Era Full of Distractions and Big Data.”