With technology increasingly making it possible to work from anywhere, the competition to attract quality staff is fierce. If you aren’t engaging employees, they’ll leave, which could have a knock-on effect. Analysis from a variety of sources has shown that it can cost between 150% and 200% of an employee’s salary to replace them. And, when a staff member leaves the remaining staff are overworked, which can lead to more losses. Here we round up some of the ways that you can keep team happy, helping to keep your business on track.
Give employees a say
Matching employees’ roles to their strengths will make them feel valued, while listening to their ideas could lead your company in new directions. Forget surveys, ask your staff for their views directly and act upon them.
Sandy Middleton, Senior HR Manager at Racepoint Global, suggests engaging employees by organising slots to meet their manager’s manager, which will allow them to pitch ideas or discuss their careers. This will encourage rising stars to stay put. As well, it is also a good idea to organise sessions for teams to bond, share skills and agree goals.
Christoph Williams, Talent and Performance Manager at Sony Europe, warns, “Too much emphasis is being placed upon colleagues working as individuals rather than as a team, and there’s been too much emphasis on efficiency rather than rewarding work.”
Create changes for staff to grow without moving on. Why not try engaging employees by running refresher courses in lunchtimes or regular internal training sessions, and setting aside a budget for external training? Don’t wait for them come to you, instead offer them the help that they need before they ask.
Eugenio Pirri, Chief People and Culture Officer at Dorchester Collection, says, “We track and monitor development, cross-training and general learning. We want to know whether our people are growing, developing, learning, and ultimately whether they are making a difference.
He says that, as a result of focusing on building skills over turnover, voluntary turnover has dropped by 18%. As well, 35% of the workforce have altered their roles.
Create an office that works
Staff care about ease of use more than beauty or clever ideas in the workplace. So, if a department makes lots of private calls or works out tricky figures, open plan seating will not suit them.
If you have a variety of teams, try laying out different workspaces. Create huddle rooms for small meetings and video conferences, or cosy breakout areas with wifi access. Quiet rooms for private calls, prayer or anything people need privacy for are also a good idea.
Make sure cooling systems, desks, chairs, screens and lighting systems are right for your workforce. Don’t be tempted to scrimp on vital communication tools. After all, nothing annoys employees more than having meetings disrupted by faulty conferencing equipment or slow internet.
Foster a great culture
Offering perks like free coffee and snacks, early Friday finishes or birthdays off will all boost morale. Another way of engaging employees is to reward and applaud good work.
Digital signage will let you publish praise of those who have gone above and beyond or spread the news of business wins or charity projects. It will allow you to run competitions to design posters or displays, to spur your staff on. Plus, the same screens can be used to show football games or other popular events so that employees can bond on a personal level.
Beyond praise, respecting your staff will work wonders. If you’re hiring wisely they should be able to work without micro-management. Keeping them informed of company matters, too, will show confidence in them. It will explain the need for longer hours in bad times and cheer everyone in good times.
Encourage work-life balance
Employees have families and interests outside of work. Flexitime, shorter weeks and working from home are all becoming usual. Migrating to the cloud, then, will make it easier for everyone to access files and work together on projects, wherever they are. Video link-ups and Skype are also useful tools, enabling remote involvement in meetings.
Wellness is another key factor for engaging employees. Studies have shown that 23% of employees leave work feeling drained each day, while 47% feel stressed at work. Helping everyone to feel better through cheap gym memberships, healthy cooking competitions or lunchtime exercise sessions will make them work more efficiently. This, in turn, will leave them more spare time for hobbies, friends and family.
Give them the right technology
Giving your employees the right business tools to let them do their job more easily is a sure-fire way to keep your workers happier. From powerful laptops and smartphones to business monitors, ASUS can provide the business tools that your company needs.