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Allowing your staff to work when and how suits them best is going to create an engaged workforce. It is also going to help you to attract new talent.
Are your employees engaged by their work? Sadly, there’s a high chance the answer is a resounding “no”. That’s because the UK is home to some of the least-engaged workers in the world, according to the Qualtrics® Employee PulseTM (surveying over 4,500 individuals).
It goes without saying that employees who don’t feel engaged by their job are less likely to be motivated to perform at their best. Further research has discovered that employees who feel happier in their workplace are up to 31% more productive than others, make 37% more sales and achieve 19% higher accuracy in tasks.
It’s obvious, really: make your workers happier, and they’ll feel more engaged, more motivated, and care more about your business.
But how do you actually do this?
We all want to feel as if we matter. We all want to feel as if our work makes a difference. But a study by ADP Research Institute found just one-third of UK employees feel valued by their employers, while more than half believe their roles lack purpose.
How can you change this?
Don’t believe a strong company culture matters? Check out these stats:
How can you cultivate a company culture that motivates employees and encourages them to care?
More than one-third of UK workers prefer alternative work models (project-based employment, seasonal jobs, etc) to traditional options. Core reasons for this are entrepreneurial aspirations, a drive for variety and a desire for greater control.
The proliferation of online productivity and communication tools is helping empower ambitious individuals to forge their own careers. This is why it’s more important than ever for businesses to ensure employees feel they have opportunities to grow and progress.
According to a study by TinyPulse, peers and camaraderie are the top reason workers are willing to “go the extra mile”, rather than money.
It’s easy to believe simply offering a slight pay rise is enough to boost engagement, increase motivation and achieve better results. But this statistic highlights just how much of an impact strong bonds between colleagues can make.
Employees with a personal connection will be more likely to help each other achieve goals, pull their weight and be open with ideas. Productivity, innovation and retention may all improve.
So, how can you encourage more camaraderie in the workplace to boost motivation?
On the topic of break-out areas, equip employees with ways to relax and bond. Board games, video games, magazines and televisions can all spark conversation unrelated to work. This gives their mind a rest and can help them return to their desks re-energised.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with your office layout and decor, either. Colour, design and features can all make a big impact on the employee experience.
Every business needs to take employee motivation, engagement and satisfaction seriously. Not only do happier workers tend to be more productive and achieve better results, higher engagement has been shown to reduce turnover, too.
Experiment with the ideas explored above to make positive changes in your workplace. Over time, your employees may become more engaged, more productive and more motivated to achieve their best.
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“40% of engaged employees indicate they have a good understanding of how to meet customer needs; only 17% of non-engaged employees say the same.” —...
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Business used to be business, and culture played little to no part so long as the job got done and profits were up.