The most sought after employers understand that it takes more than money to attract and retain top talent.
Right from the day you hire them, employee engagement is the key to a long fruitful relationship with your staff.
For most people, job satisfaction comes not only from financial rewards but also from other sources factors.
This then begs the question; if it isn’t just money that fuels this drive, what can you do? Start treating your employees with respect.
Ensure that they know that they are not just another cog in the corporate wheel but a part of the solution.
And always remember that people don’t live to work but work to have a better lifestyle.
In this article, I will take you through some of the things that you can do to increase staff engagement without increasing pay.
1. Set the tone from the very beginning
Here is the thing; if you are not actively engaged with the people who work for you; chances are that they may never feel engaged in what they do.
Closed door policies and over emphasis on hierarchical organizational structures only tend to the unspoken message that the employees are not valued to engage with the leadership.
Make an effort to talk with them. Give them an opportunity to air their concerns, give their suggestions on issues pertaining to the business, talk about their families, hobbies and their lives in general. Employees are more than just your workers.
2. Foster a sense of family
When there is effective collaboration, trust is built and on that note better engagement.
And it all starts when employees start thinking of each other as an important part of the whole.
For instance; you could celebrate birthdays or sponsor events and make your employees a part of them.
3. Easily avail tools of trade
This includes everything from office supplies to comfortable chairs. It is difficult for your employees to be enthusiastic about their jobs when the necessary tools are not available.
You could also provide training opportunities for your employees whether job related or just for personal development.
4. Appreciate them and don’t forget to say thanks
Sometimes appreciating your employees doesn’t have to have a financial attachment to it. A simple thank you will go a long way.
Studies have it that happiness and productivity at work go hand in hand.
Showing that you appreciate your employees builds trust and saying it in front of others builds morale.
5. Be flexible
Sometimes as an employer, you are so preoccupied with the bottom line that you forget that your employees have other lives outside that office.
Employees who are juggling work and family face a lot of pressure and sometimes it will take you being flexible with their schedules for them to deliver to expectation.
6. Start by hiring the right people
When all is said and done, employee engagement starts when you hire the right people for the job.
Matching people with their skills and abilities rather than just putting all your hopes on who can do the job will go a long way in creating an engaged work force.
You would rather take longer looking for the right hire or re-evaluate your entire recruitment process than hire the wrong person.
Reason being, when you hire the wrong person, chances are that they will leave within a few months or you’ll end up spending a lot more bringing them up to speed.
While no one will turn down a pay rise, there are other ways as outlined of ensuring that your workforce is and stays engaged.