In business, competition is tough. What’s your edge?
For some companies, it could be the technology they’re using. For some, it could be their history and experience. For most, the factor that separates the good from the best is the commitment and efficiency of their workforce.
Studies show that 71% of today’s younger workforce is either not engaged or actively disengaged at work. This poses a big problem for companies seeking growth and progress.
The issue of demotivated and disengaged workers is not easy to solve. However, there are ways to approach it other than just increasing compensation and firing lackluster employees. Compensation is rarely the problem, and high employee turnover can cost your company a lot of money.
Here are some out of the box ways to approach this problem.
Make your workplace conducive to work.
Work environments greatly affect employee productivity. If your office is dry and monotonous, reminiscent of '80s insurance sales floors, it’s time to make a change.
Start with creating a green space that employees can go to during breaks for some change of scenery and headspace. Landscape architects in New York, including MPFP, suggest creating a temporary haven for stressed out minds.
Consider incentives geared towards socializing.
Individual incentives work in the short-term, but rewards with a social component usually get better results. Food is one of the most effective motivators – believe it or not. For example, if you reward your top performers with pizza, best believe they will share it with their team. This way, everyone is motivated to perform their best to reach a collective goal.
Be open to telecommuting.
Many workers have adapted their work styles with today’s distraction-filled and fast-paced culture. Requiring them to stay in one place for days on end could be what’s keeping them from performing their best. If possible, give employees the option to work remotely several days a month. Many multinational companies have already used this approach, and results show that employees work even more hours when they do so at home.
Try these three approaches to boost employee morale and productivity! You’ll be surprised at how much more your workforce can do with just a bit of creativity injected in the way you handle employee engagement.