Using Employee Surveys
These are the most common tools that are used to gauge engagement. It however has to be done in the proper way as it can also contribute to employee disengagement. Ensure that all employees take part in the entire process including the formulating of questions, data analysis and recommended action. Try and shorten the time between surveys and release results on time as well as taking the necessary action. You can make the survey short so that people do not get bored filling them up. Don’t forget to allocate the necessary resources to implement the action plans that will be in response to the survey results.
Treat Employee Engagement as Part of a Process
One of the mistakes that most employers make is to treat engagement like a one time event. This is where you see employers bringing in a motivational speaker and dedicating some time for the process. This can contribute to employee disengagement as employee engagement needs to be integrated to strategic processes and plans. These strategies should be weaved into day to day interactions within the organization. This should not only be left to internal communications and HR departments as everyone should be part of the engagement process so that it can get the desired effect. Realize that the upper management and senior leadership are also part of the employees thus should also be included in the engagement process.
Enhance Engagement Skills
Most of the time employee disengagement is brought about by the fact that employers think that engagement is all about motivation. What they forget is that employees also need skills that will help them get engaged in the proper way. These skills have a lot to do with how to manage attention & focus, how to communicate effectively with others in the company and also how leaders and managers interact with staff. For the ideal results, fuse skill power with will power. Show employees how to get things done and educate the managers on the value of engaged work using tools that feature authentic recognition, conversation and appreciative inquiry among many others.
Use the Right Approach
Use a proper approach that will help weave engagement into the working ways from conversational approaches to performance management and co- created strategy. Actively listen to all the employees and take the required action depending on feed back you receive. Communicate the big picture of the organization to the employees and engage them in it. Social media tools that are powerful and inexpensive can be used to achieve this as they give the employees a voice when it comes to crafting strategy and results going a long way to prevent employee disengagement.