Keeping employees engaged is more than a pat on the back or saying ‘Good Job’ every once and a while. It needs to be something that is incorporated into the company’s culture and values. If you take a look at any type of list that has the best places to work there is a common theme:
-They value their employees and their work (they don’t treat employees as numbers);
-They show regular appreciation to their employees;
-They find innovative ways to provide perks and rewards to employees;
-They provide growth and learning opportunities within the organization and the employees’ roles.
Engagement in an organization needs to come from the top down. Employees don’t leave jobs, they leave managers. Sometimes starting is the hardest part but if you can incorporate small, genuine actions regularly it should go a long way into turning your work environment into a more engaged and happy one.
Here are 5 quotes which I hope will spark better engagement in your workplace:
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia
Little things that we do every day matter. And they add up. Giving recognition in the workplace does not have to be big and flashy. A hand written thank you note, a few words of praise and a smile can mean a lot to employees.
“It’s not how much we give but what we put into the giving.” ~ Mother Teresa
Put your heart into recognizing employees, showing appreciation and gratitude. Sometimes it is not so much what we say but how we say it that counts. It needs to be sincere, genuine and authentic.
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is to celebrate.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
Celebrating employees and showing appreciation should not be a job or a chore, it should be a way of life. The more you look for things to celebrate and recognize, the more you will find. This helps to create an ‘Attitude of Gratitude.’
“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want” ~ Zig Ziglar
This is the basis of servant leadership. Help others achieve success. Help employees reach their goals. Put others first.
“Don’t let the future be held hostage to the past.” ~ Neal A. Maxwell
If your workplace environment is not the best, that does not mean it cannot become the best.
What are you doing today to make your workplace better?