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How to Empower Employees to Contribute to Business Success

January 4, 2024

Engaged employees are more likely to go beyond their job descriptions. They are invested in the success of the organisation and, as a result, are more productive.

Research consistently shows that engaged teams outperform their less-engaged counterparts, leading to increased efficiency and overall organisational success. Nonetheless, engaged team members also feel empowered to share their ideas and contribute to the overall success of the business.

A culture of engagement fosters creativity and a willingness to experiment, driving innovation within the organisation. This innovation is crucial for staying competitive in rapidly evolving markets.

Employees who are engaged are also more likely to stay with their current employer. A sense of belonging and commitment reduces turnover rates, saving organisations the costs associated with recruitment, onboarding, and training of new staff.

Attracting the right talent:

The first stage is to look at your processes when bringing the people with the right skills and experience to your business. So before new talent joins, it is crucial to create a compelling job advertisement that captures the attention of your dream candidate who also encompasses the correct values and aptitude.

A component that’s often overlooked, it’s a vital way to entice the right fit for the job that’s available. A compelling job ad should stand out above others. Using messaging that targets the type of person you wish to be part of your team will be essential to your business overall. Put in the same level of time and energy into this part of the process, as you would to gain new customers because these two channels are equally as important as each other.

Spend time on job advertisements:

Ensure that the values of your organisation are conveyed across all channels, whether it is your social media, website or any other marketing conducted both externally and internally by your team. Your company vision must also be regularly communicated, so that you are continually beating that drum and so all employees are clear of where the company is heading too. 

Your company’s vision is your higher purpose, which binds every employee together. By regularly communicating this message, everyone will be working towards the same goal and gives much greater purpose behind what they are doing for you. Values create passion, creativity and motivation so continue to do this to for your team.

What sets your business apart?

If your vision is big enough and communicated effectively when attracting new talent and to your existing workforce, they will see and feel that vision which will in turn creates a common goal, loyalty, drive and motivation, that will create a great workplace culture and help achieve your business goals. Therefore you must want people to gravitate towards you.

Do not forget to offer a value beyond your competitors in a host of ways such as, hybrid working and performance related rewards that aren’t necessarily in monetary terms. Gym membership, retail shopping discounts, an end of year celebration, an extra day off for a birthday, voluntary workdays, flexible working, sabbaticals or nomadic working policies that offer people more freedom. By doing this, your people will feel empowered and you will see them go over and beyond in their day-to-day working efforts.

In addition to this, you can benefit your workplace practices by looking at the 3 Ps to further support successful outcomes of your employee engagement.

Purpose:

Instill a sense of purpose by communicating the broader mission and values of the organisation. When employees understand how their individual contributions contribute to the larger goals, they find a deeper meaning in their work. Aligning personal values with organisational purpose creates a powerful motivator for engagement.

Passion:

Encourage passion by allowing employees to pursue projects that align with their interests and strengths. When individuals are enthusiastic about their work, they are more likely to invest extra effort and creativity. Recognise and celebrate the unique talents of your employees, fostering a culture that values individual passions.

Productivity:

Productivity is the natural outcome of purpose and passion. When employees find purpose in their work and are passionate about what they do, productivity naturally increases. As an organisation, you must provide the necessary resources, tools, and support to empower your employees to excel in their roles.

Employee engagement is not just a buzzword; it is a strategic movement for organisations seeking sustained success. Before implementing an engagement strategy, it is essential to understand the unique needs and preferences of your workforce. Therefore, conduct surveys, gather feedback, and create an open dialogue to identify what motivates and engages your employees.

One way to engage your employees is by offering opportunities for professional and personal development. This can include training programs, mentorship initiatives, and career advancement paths. Employees are more likely to feel engaged when they see a clear trajectory for their growth within the organisation.

Another way to engage your employees is to offer a positive workplace culture. Studies show that this significantly contributes to employee engagement. Encourage open communication, recognise achievements, and create a supportive atmosphere where employees feel valued and heard. A positive work environment enhances job satisfaction and overall engagement.

By understanding the value of engagement, developing a tailored strategy, and focusing on the three P’s—Purpose, Passion, and Productivity—organisations can unlock the full potential of their workforce. The investment in employee engagement pays off in terms of increased productivity, innovation, and employee retention, creating a win-win scenario for both employees and the organisations they serve.

Author
Ryan Jackson

Founder and CEO of Culture First Recruitment

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