Employee engagement is more than just a buzzword. It could mean the difference between small business success and failure. With Gallup reporting 70 percent of US workers are not engaged, it’s a problem entrepreneurs need to solve if they hope to compete in today’s cut-throat marketplace. Here are eight ways to drive stronger employee engagement with training.
1. Establish a goal-oriented workplace:
Your team need a clear understanding of what your organization is working to achieve in order to engage with the vision. A strategic training program should train workers with clear goals in mind—and reward them for success.
2. Foster a team mentality:
Employees have to work with the same people all day every day. They want a sense of belonging and camaraderie. Training in groups instead of individually helps build a team mentality by allowing employees to share, collaborate and offer feedback on goals.
3. Transform managers into coaches:
Managers who accept their role as coaches and mentors see higher engagement than digital pencil pushers who hide behind closed doors. Training with a coaching and mentoring approach will drive more engaged employees.
4. Build a culture of trust:
Trust in executives can have more than twice the impact on engagement levels than trust in immediate managers. Making training feel safe for employees with quick kudos for performance helps build relationships and establish trust.
6. Offer real-time feedback:
Employees dread performance reviews, but offering real-time constructive, feedback as-needed can motivate them toward continual improvement. Training with real-time feedback from executives, managers and coworkers helps ensure a stronger review.
7. Offer employees autonomy:
Employees get frustrated when they are micromanaged and need permission to make even the simplest decisions. Training that encourages proactive self-starting workers with clear guidelines encourages employees to innovate while monitoring the impact of those decisions.
8. Openly communicate:
Keep the lines of communication open on ways to make improvements to the culture and workflow. And continue to communicate the vision as you build a culture that drives high engagement and high performance. If large communication gaps exist, employees will feel left out of the loop and disengage.
Ultimately, employee engagement goes beyond job satisfaction and loyalty. Engaged employees contribute to the organization’s bottom line and get personal satisfaction from doing it. Training space is also critical to employers who want productive training sessions, and Davinci Meeting Rooms can help. Check out our website to see how we can help you build a stronger team.
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