The term employee engagement is thrown around a lot by management teams these days. But what does it really mean to engage your workforce and how can the culture you build around your organization foster this so-important engagement? A good culture in a company is literally a virtuous cycle. A company that encourages its employees to provide their input and positive collaboration will enjoy the benefits of motivated and valued teams. So, what kind of organizational culture will enhance engagement?
The importance of communication in creating a strong corporate culture cannot be overemphasized. When you have a culture of free or open communication, your staff will feel safe and comfortable to speak up instead of keeping with their resentments that can boil beneath the surface. The management must create an environment where employees feel respected and listened to so that they know they are heard in a free and positive way. In short, a culture that invites employees to open communication will encourage engagement, participation and sharing of innovative ideas for company improvement.
Employee Authority and Autonomy
When your employees feel helpless in their jobs, they begin to detach themselves from work life. However, if you create a culture where employees are given some power and autonomy over their work specialization, such as allowing them to choose the best approaches to a problem or a project, it will help avert the “us vs. them” mindset that easily breaks a strong organizational foundation.
Allow your staff to choose what is interesting rather than just dealing with what you have to hand over to them. Remember that it is not always possible to allow total control, but a certain measure of authority can be the transformation you need in your business.
A company that provides plenty of opportunities for its employees has room for improvement and even growth in what they like doing. This prevents boredom. Its employees will remain engaged because they will have the motivation to stride to better positions. Organizational culture and structure can provide opportunities for job promotion, career development, additional responsibilities or even financial improvement to keep employees motivated.
At no particular time should the culture you build around your company disadvantage employees in any way. For example, your staff should not feel stagnated in the same positions, not safe to communicate freely and meek to the extent of being vessels that receive instructions and implement them without their opinion being heard.