Innovative ways of improving employee engagement

Every mature organisation faces times when its techniques are becoming stale, uninspired and robotic. In order to succeed, employees must be engaged, pro-active and determined. Here are innovative ways of improving employee engagement.

– “Rewarding Maximum Effort”

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Your employees work hard for a salary. They need some sort of financial incentive in order to improve their productivity. That is human nature. As the Russian proverb says “You pretend to pay us, we pretend to work.”
The goal of a successful company is to encourage extraordinary productivity according to Adams-Hall Publishing. An organisation improves itself by placing the most talented individuals in positions of leadership. These wise, hard-working men and women will lead the firm to higher goals. Consider your favourite football team. The manager places his best players in optimal positions to succeed. He gives players the tools to succeed and rewards the most engaged, energetic and hard-working.

“Culture of Success”

High-energy organisations create an environment that will lead to competition and innovation. The successful firm creates a culture of highly motivated workers who will go “beyond the pale.” People need a positive work environment that will reward them for their extra effort. Potential rewards encouraging this behavior could include the following:

  • Employee of the month
  • Prime parking spot
  • Holiday bonus
  • Electronic device for most productive worker

Workers must understand in their bones that those who invest the extra effort will be rewarded handsomely. A good environment will get people thinking about one of these rewards. If the employees walk past a “sign of the employee of the month” each day, then they will have the concept of “excellence” imprinted in their brains.

People love their electronic gadgets. Some might be on their cell phones all day texting or talking and some might want to check on their sports or finances with online connections. If you reward employee engagement with the latest electronic device, then all will work harder. The latest cell phone or laptop will also assist the worker in increasing his or her productivity. Thus you 1) reward hard work, 2) always remain in the mind of the employee and 3) give the worker the tools to succeed.

– “Long-Term Plan For Improving Engagement”

Just like money, there is a lagging time effect for any incentive program you institute. You must make sure that all the workers know that they will continue to be rewarded for better engagement. It must create a culture of improvement.

If it is only for a month, then some lazy workers will simply ignore it as a fad. If it is a long-term plan, then the expectations will seep into the marrow of the organisation.

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