Employee Engagement: Techniques to Jump Start Your Synergy
Keeping employees engaged is like keeping the wheels of a car moving forward. Without employee engagement, everything comes to a screeching halt. And while we’re on the metaphor, imagine how well your company would run if employees feel motivated, appreciated, and engaged? A speeding car headed towards exponential success.
Here are the top 3 ways to keep your employees engaged that we recommend when you work with our Operations Agency:
Provide ample training materials: Onboarding documents, standard operating procedures, and roles and responsibilities.
We know we sound like a broken record, but the synergy of those documents is incredibly powerful to retain, engage, and keep top talent engaged and motivated. Knowing where you fit in the system, who to reach out to, and what you’re responsible for is incredibly empowering. Information, facts, and figures are what inspires open dialogue, communication, and problem solving.
Provide timely, honest feedback.
Give employees time to thoroughly answer open-ended questions on a quarterly and yearly basis. Ask them to measure their own performance, chart and track professional goals, and ask questions about the organization’s future plans. We recommend a 360 review for the most comprehensive measure of performance. Moreover, ensure there is an easy-to-access system for the team member to easily locate these answers and measurable goals.
Identify your team members’ strengths and how to best interweave them with other team members.
This is the fun part. Remember – some element of fun is also important! This can take shape in a variety of ways. Since we’ve worked with over 45 companies in 24 different industries, we have a long list of differing team tools depending on your size and company culture. Read through and discuss the results together. While these are helpful tests and tools, they don’t define your team.
Small to MidSize; Entrepreneurial – Talent Dynamics
- Talent Dynamics profiles provide structure to a productive state called ‘flow’. The goal is to find the path of least resistance and add value in order to work together with more synergy…or flow.
MidSize to Large; Corporate – Clifton Strengths
- Clifton Strengths builds upon natural talents to empower and build a strength-based culture within an organization.
Additional option to consider: Any Size; Personal – Enneagram
- The Enneagram test has gained tremendous traction and publicity for use across corporations and families alike over the last few years. It is a system of personality typing that describes patterns in how people interpret the world and manage their responding emotions.
If you’re looking to implement these employment engagement techniques in conjunction with operations support in your organization, reach out to the team at Poka-Yoke Solutions: The Operations Agency to get started.