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I Just Love Working Here

July 10th, 2014 by Alison McKinney

Employees with high employee engagement levels, those that are devoted to their jobs and committed to their employers, are significantly more productive, drive higher customer satisfaction and outperform those who are less engaged.

They are also those more likely to feel excited about getting to work in the morning, and most loyal to their employer, and believe that where they work, is a great place to work.

So what makes a place a truly great place to work? Well here are a few attributes that you would expect:

Give employees a stake in the organisation’s success, perhaps in the form of profit sharing, or stock options, or performance related pay. If the organisation does well, all employees should have a meaningful share in its success.

Create working environments that are safe, comfortable, interesting and appealing to work in. These can include a range of areas that allow for privacy, collaboration, and simply hanging out.

Provision of healthy, high quality food, at a low cost, including vending machines.

Create areas for employees to rest and renew during the working day and encourage them to take regular breaks.

Offer facilities that encourage employees to move about and stay fit and provide incentives for employees to use the facilities, including during the work day as a source of renewal.

Outline clear and specific expectations in any given job. Then give employees as much autonomy and empowerment as possible to choose when they work, where they do their work, and how best to get it done.

Institute two-way appraisals, so that employees not only receive regular feedback about how they’re doing, but are also given the chance to provide feedback to their managers, anonymously if they so choose.

Leaders should be accountable for treating all employees with respect, all of the time, and encourage them to regularly recognise those they supervise for the positive contributions and efforts they make.

Offer employees ongoing opportunities and incentives to learn, develop and grow, both in establishing new job-specific hard skills, as well as soft skills that serve them well as individual people, and as managers and leaders.

Create products or services that plainly add value in the world, making it possible for employees to develop a sense of meaning from their work, and to feel good about the organisation they work for.

So the question is, what does your organisation need to fulfil to enable you to be a more engaged employee?

If you would like to know more about the benefits of employee engagement, then contact us on +44 (0) 1255 850051 or complete our online web form.

Written by Alison McKinney
Alison McKinney is the Project and Quality Assurance Manager at The Survey Initiative, a dedicated employee research organisation devoted to helping its clients gain insight and understanding into what drives employee engagement in their business. Alison has extensive experience in project management and quality assurance and has recently worked on projects for clients as diverse as: WSP Middle East. Natural History Museum, Peverel, Marine Stewardship Council, Accor UK &Ireland and Thompsons Solicitors. Visit http://www.surveyinitiative.co.uk for more information.

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