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8 steps for improving employee engagement

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8 steps for improving employee engagement
Americans log more than eight hours a day at work-more than we sleep each night. That means that we spend more waking time interacting with our colleagues than with our families, so our co-workers are have significant sway over our mood and productivity.

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Staff morale affects productivity

Training, culture fit, autonomy—and even free coffee—are key elements of how your people approach each workday and collaboration overall.

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Improve employee engagement

  1. Recruit people who align with your company’s culture.
  2. Clearly define new employees’ roles and responsibilities and provide appropriate training.
  3. Encourage autonomy.
  4. Optimize the workplace.
  5. Celebrate the small wins.
  6. Let employees work remotely.
  7. Offer great perks.
  8. Consistently measure employee activity and productivity.

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To promote autonomy in the workplace:

  • Explain why the work your employees are doing is essential
  • Give your team opportunities to share ideas and make decisions.
  • Build trust among your employees
  • Hold them accountable.
  • Delegate effectively
  • Provide frequent feedback
  • Allow your employees to share their strengths and talents
  • Give them the tools and resources needed to succeed
  • Use mistakes as a learning opportunity

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To optimize the workplace:

  • Provide ample lighting. Let in as much natural light as possible.
  • Invest in standing desks and ergonomic chairs, and encourage everyone to tidy up their workplaces.
  • Reduce noise: 70 decibels is an acceptable volume for carrying out necessary, transactional office-based work.
  • Provide healthy snacks that boost brain power.
  • Offer a restful space, an oasis for employees to meditate or exercise. 

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