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From Turnover to Dedication: Eight Ways to Boost Employee Engagement

September 20, 2023

In today’s competitive business landscape, retaining talented employees is crucial for maintaining stability and growth. High turnover and absenteeism rates can hinder productivity and morale within an organization. The key to addressing these challenges lies in enhancing employee engagement. Engaged employees are not only more productive and committed, but also less likely to seek opportunities elsewhere.

Below are eight best practices for increasing engagement that Oswald has observed in our experience working with top employers.

Create a culture of open communication: Regularly share company updates, goals and performance metrics from company leadership. Encourage employees to voice their opinions and concerns, demonstrating that their feedback is valued. Open communication builds trust and keeps employees connected to the organization’s mission.

Recognition and appreciation programs: Implement recognition incentives to acknowledge employees’ hard work and accomplishments. Celebrate milestones with public praise, awards and peer nominations. Produce and post employee spotlight videos. Feeling appreciated boosts morale and encourages employee commitment.

Invest in professional development: Offer continuous learning opportunities to help employees grow within the organization. Provide access to workshops, training and mentorship programs that align with career aspirations. When employees see a clear path for advancement, they are more likely to stay and contribute to the company’s success.

Promote work-life balance: When possible, introduce flexible work arrangements and remote work options. Emphasize the importance of taking breaks to prevent burnout. Provide tools and resources to support employee mental health. A well-balanced life enhances employee well-being and job satisfaction.

Foster a collaborative environment: Organize team-building activities and social events that encourage employees to connect on a personal level. Celebrate milestones as a group, host regular in-office happy hours and ice cream socials, or volunteer together. A strong sense of camaraderie enhances engagement and builds a positive workplace culture.

Promote inclusivity and diversity: Create an inclusive environment in which all employees feel respected, understood and valued. Form employee-led resource groups and provide training. Celebrate and embrace diversity to encourage different perspectives to enrich your workplace culture.

Provide flexible benefits: Offer a comprehensive benefits package that caters to diverse employee needs. Go beyond the basics. Include benefits such as parental leave, financial wellness tools, paid sabbaticals and mental health recharge days. Unique benefits that meet employee needs demonstrate that the company’s commitment to employee satisfaction and well-being.

Connect to Organization’s Purpose: Employees like to see a connection between their day-to-day work and the organization’s greater purpose. Revamp job descriptions, ensure leaders are responsible for everyone understanding how their individual contributions feed into organizational success, and celebrate everyday achievements that tie into company goals.

A workforce that feels valued, supported and motivated is more likely to remain committed and productive. Implement these strategies with a personalized approach that aligns with your company’s culture and values.

Continuously monitor the effectiveness of your efforts, gather employee feedback, and make adjustments as needed to maintain a high level of engagement as you invest in your employees’ well-being and growth. You’ll reap the rewards of a more engaged and dedicated workforce.

Oswald’s employee benefits team can help you create a plan to engage your employees. Please contact us below or learn more on our Employee Benefits page.

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