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Motivate through Employee Engagement

Motivate through Employee Engagement

Motivate your team. The benefits are enormous. Someone who goes above and beyond might be particularly critical in a small company where you need everyone to contribute. Employees who put in extra effort for your company can make a huge difference to the success of the company.

Engaged employees are usually happier, healthier and more fulfilled, which means they’re likely to stay with your company longer. While they are working for you they will be off sick less and put more effort in.

Engaged Employees

The top six things highly engaged employees have in common are, that they:

  • Know what’s expected of them at work.
  • Have a manager who cares about them.
  • Are able to do their best every day.
  • Have opportunities to learn and grow.
  • View their job as important to the company.
  • Have the equipment needed to do their job.
  • However, just 16% of employees in the UK are prepared to go above and beyond to help their colleagues and volunteer for activities outside their immediate workload. So what can you do to make sure your employees are in that 16%?

    Communicate

    To enable employee engagement, communicate about your company. Tell your team where the company’s come from and where you’re taking it. Give your team the bigger picture so they understand what they are part of and how they can help the company be successful.

    Motivate And Empower

    Motivate, empower and support your employees. Not everyone works the same way so take time to find out what makes the individuals in your team tick. Then tap into that and use it to keep them engaged. Some people like working alone and in a quiet environment, while other people like lots of people around and lots of chat. You probably can’t create an ideal environment for everyone, but if you’re aware of people’s preferences you can mitigate. You can assign tasks appropriately when possible, and when not possible you can at least show you’re aware when someone is out of their comfort zone. In that situation you can support them to adapt.

    Give Voice

    Give your employees ‘voice’ by letting them challenge or reinforce how things are done and by involving them in decision-making. You don’t have to get everyone to vote on everything – you’re still the boss. Ask your employees to voice their opinions, but give them context for your responses. Explain to them why you can or can’t do things they’ve requested so they understand the parameters the company works under. Get them more involved to motivate them.

    May Not Need to Motivate

    Do not assume that employees are naturally demotivated and your sole purpose in life is engage them. Some employees are naturally highly motivated. For them you may not need to do much, except make sure they don’t become demotivated by lack of support or resources or poor management.

    My Question To You

    Are your employees motivated an engaged? What do you do to motivate them and how do you handle people who aren’t motivated? If this is something you would like to discuss or would like some help with, contact me at nikki@mulberrybushconsulting.co.uk. You can also buy my book Accelerate to Team Success which is available as a paperback or on Kindle.

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    About the Author:

    Nikki Faulkner photo Dr Nikki Faulkner founded Mulberry Bush Consulting to work with business leaders and their teams to make the 'People' side of their business as effective as possible. Mulberry Bush Consulting's specialty is helping small businesses who are new to having employees and helping businesses who are growing rapidly and increasing their employee-base at a rate that is creating a significant challenge.

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