One of the biggest mistakes employers and leaders make is forgetting to engage with their employees and followers. Employee engagement isn’t just about how involved you are with your actual job, but it also includes how engaged you are with your company and the people you work with. Whether you realize it or not, the environment within your company has a lot to do with how engaged your employees are.
Usually as a boss or a leader, your employees form their opinions of the company or organization based on the way you lead and engage with them. Little things, such as taking the time to learn the names of the family members of the people you work with can have a huge impact on how your employees see you and the company. It is crucial that your employees feel that they are valued or else they will find somewhere else to go.
Leadercast speaker and founder of The Table Group Patrick Lencioni states, “We as leaders have to have the courage to do the simple things and to constantly remind people about the difference they make.”
Studies show that employees of companies whose mission has a deeper meaning were much more engaged in their work and less likely to leave than those who feel like their work has no purpose. More and more people are leaving their jobs every day because they don’t feel like they are making a difference. This is where the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ come in.
If your people don’t know why they’re doing what they’re doing then how can they ever fully buy in to your mission? And if they never fully buy in, then how can you expect them to be engaged?
Another thing organizations with motivated employees do well is encouraging a healthy work-life balance. By allowing your employees the time to recharge and relax you’ll have a much sharper and more motivated team. When you’re an organization with a mission that inspires action, who actively empowers and values your employees, you won’t have to worry about your employees being engaged. It will come naturally.