New Employee Engagement Strategies Are Absolutely Necessary

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So many companies want and need their employees to come back to the office. But why should they? What have businesses done to show staff, it’s not going to be ‘business as usual’? It all boils down to having new and meaningful employee engagement strategies that connect with workers, make them feel valued, and give them a professional future they desire. As you may have noticed, the main thing to focus on now is mental health support. Employees don’t want to have their concerns internalized due to being ignored. Companies have to begin to go down the route of in-house mental health support via mental health support training.

Data-driven HR

But don’t just take our word for it; according to Business Daily, data drives forward this cause. HR departments are bearing the brunt of this change, and thankfully, they have data and statistics to help them give leaders accurate advice on how best to approach employee engagement. First, you should digest the demographics. Take a look at which type of employee needs a push and motivation to achieve better results. It may be a particular age group, gender, professional background, or skill set that will give you a deep-dive look into your workers’ capabilities. Once you can get analytical and understand the data, you can see which group of employees requires targeted employee engagement policies.

Cultivate a culture

According to Forbes, cultivating a culture of regular check-ins from management is vital to employee mental health. As you may know, those who suffer from mental health concerns won’t always tell someone of the experience they are going through. So, managers and executive leaders have to get on the ground, meet their people, speak with them in a way that isn’t always about results, and give them time and freedom to express their thoughts honestly. Employee wellbeing is the responsibility of the board. It can no longer be palmed off to HR or admin, it has to be fully engaged with at the most senior levels of the organization.

Celebrate discussion

Diversity of thought, opinion, and philosophy is so important. Facilitating discussion about projects, tasks, team dynamics, and strategy will give employees the outlet they need to speak their minds. The driving factors of employee disengagement are bottling up frustrations with colleagues, not having the opportunity to exchange ideas, and feeling as if management doesn’t care to listen. Celebrate discussion, encourage employees to collaborate with different teams, leaders and develop ways to improve. Of course, you should celebrate shared values based on the organization’s mission, vision, and values. But conformity should never be forced.

Contact us today if you want to know more about employee engagement strategies, mental health support for staff, and worker well-being. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have.

Encourage employees to collaborate with their peers and leaders to develop employee resource and network committees to celebrate shared values based on a specific group or belief.

Adam Hansen