When it comes to running a successful business, it takes more than just a good product to make it happen. If there is one thing that small business owners must concentrate on instilling within their first few months in business, it's employee engagement. Engagement means not only working for themselves but the company as a whole. This starts by increasing internal communication and promoting networking. So, how do you get there? The following list includes a few ways you can begin promoting higher employee engagement.
Show Your Appreciation
Studies have shown that today's office worker doesn't necessarily care about how much they get paid rather how much they are appreciated within their workplace. This is because feedback and confirmation have more value than say a bonus. A great way to practice showing your appreciation is to make it public when one of your employees goes above and beyond. Share through an email or even highlight their work on social media. Note that you should never compliment for the sake of complimenting. Any positive comments must be backed up with real results in order to avoid patronizing people.
Mix Things Up
No matter how much a person loves their job, it will become stale over time if left alone. Therefore, as the leader of your business, it is your job to make sure that not only does your office not become too dull but that your employees remain sharp. A good way to accomplish this is to introduce challenges within your office. These can include a sales challenge where results are being shown live, and the winner receives a prize at the end. This, of course, doesn't mean you may only include sales challenges. For example, wellness challenges can stoke the competitive nature of employees.
Promote Communication & Take Action
One of the biggest advantages that you have as a small business is that your employees have fewer hoops to go through to be heard. However, these hoops shouldn't exist as promoting communication through an open-door policy is a great way to keep your staff engaged. This means your staff can quickly express any concerns or offer their recommendations.
Running a small business is no doubt a daunting experience. Therefore, why not elevate that hardship by having your employees participate in the growth of the company. However, there is only one way to achieve that, and it's by promoting employee engagement.