Employee Engagement is as crucial to SME’s as it is to larger organisations. SME’s make up the majority of private sector businesses in the UK so it’s important that Employee Engagement is taken seriously.
I came across this report that had some staggering statistics:
It would be interesting to know how many of these SME’s are good at Employee Engagement but it’s a fact that it aids business growth.
Gallup has found out that 25% of business units with the highest Employee Engagement (compared to the rest of the units with lower Employee Engagement), showed:
I think the statistics speak for themselves about why you should care about Employee Engagement!
But where do you even start to better engage with your employees?
Lack of clarity in a business can reduce performance, often in an invisible way. It is a common issue that I see in the businesses that I work with. Those good old words ‘I thought’ often crop up in conversations. Be sure that the whole company knows who is doing what and when etc.
Don’t just set the plans and objectives and expect your employees to deliver. Involve them. As them their opinions. Remember they are often the ones that have the hands on experience of the business and the way it works so they will have invaluable insights.
Happy employees aren’t the ones that are ‘micro managed’. I actually wrote a full blog post on this topic.
I recommend to hold regular meetings to update everyone on progress and identify any issues. As you get into the habit of doing this you will find that small issues don’t turn into big ones as everyone will have the opportunity to air any concerns and plans can be put into place to resolve them.
I don’t know anyone that doesn’t like to receive good feedback for their work. In fact what you will find is that if you credit good work it will boost morale and also productivity.
I’ve got plenty more tips but these 5 will set you on the right track to better engagement with your employees to help your business to grow.