3 employee engagement mistakes to avoid

Developing strategies for employee engagement can be difficult, so in this blog, we've suggested three employee engagement mistakes to avoid.

1. Not sharing information

Collaboration

Transparency plays a key role in building trust in the workplace. If a new development is creating positive results in one part of the company, it's often a good idea to let other staff members know about it. This is referred to as accelerated or collaborative learning. For example, business leaders are often inspired by news and updates from other businesses about techniques that are working well, because it then gives them a reason to believe that the same success is possible for their own business. They will then be inspired to take certain risks and explore new ideas. We found a great article on how Collaborative Learning is beneficial in the workplace, if you want to read about it in more detail.

Different company departments can often feel isolated and cut off from the rest of the business, which is why it's a good idea to create a culture of sharing ideas in order to spread inspiration and inspire creativity in the workplace. This is particularly true now with many employees working from home. For more details on engaging employees that work remotely read our blog on the subject.

2. Not giving staff a greater purpose

Values and vision

Focusing on the purpose of your business, rather than on profits, can help to answer critical questions such as what the business represents and why it exists. This can then influence strategy, guide employees and create an enduring drive for staff members to help the business move forward.

In order for employees to deliver the best results, it's important that they know the bigger reason behind why they are doing certain tasks. Motivation and loyalty in a company are created by giving your employees reason to connect emotionally to their jobs, which can help them to feel more engaged and committed at work.

3. Not Embracing Engagement

The popular saying, 'employee engagement starts at the top' is often misinterpreted by company officials and managers as meaning that it is solely the role of the people at the top to design the best workplace strategies. However, it actually means that a business's decision-makers need to embrace all strategies for employee engagement in order for them to be successful throughout the business.

Failing to encourage the input of employees that work at a lower level is a huge mistake, as it's important that all of our employees feel listened to and respected to feel connected to the business as a whole. It's a good idea to work together with your employees in order to implement and develop strategies company-wide in order to drive engagement and success.