Summary: Attracting and retaining strong and productive workforce is the best investment for your organization. Here’s 5 tips to improve your employee connection.
It’s a competitive environment for employers to keep their best resource – employees. So how can you maintain a strong pool of highly productive employees? Simple – keep them happy. Sure you could pay them more, but that’s not always feasible or necessarily the right tactic. Making sure they’re satisfied, appreciated and challenged in the office will make a huge difference. We’ve put together a list of five ways you can improve your employee connection without breaking the bank.
1. Communicate Effectively
No one likes to be left in the dark – and that’s especially true for your employees. Providing clear high level communication on corporate strategy will improve employee moral and provide clarity pertaining to how their efforts contribute value to the company.
Consider sharing company goals, vision and culture on platforms other than handbooks or email. Intranet software tools such as message boards and discussion forums are an effective way to distribute information throughout your organization.
2. Provide Training and Development
Training does impose an initial monetary investment but it will contribute to your overall productivity of your company. Trained employees are less frequently overwhelmed or frustrated and will augment their ability to interact with customers, close a sale or use technological systems. In addition, you can attract and retain better employees if you offer development programs, ongoing skill development, workshops, job shadowing and mentoring. Investing in your staff averts them from becoming stagnant and will reduce turnover.
To keep training up to date and organized, switch to online forms and automated workflows. It eliminates the need to manually keep track of progress or risk having a certification expire.
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3. Enable Flexible Workspace
Flexible workspaces are becoming more popular and for good reason – not everyone is their most productive between 9 to 5. Enabling your staff to have more flexibility in their day can increase their creativity, motivation and give them a sense of autonomy. The transition to a flex workspace is now seamless with technology that allows employees to stay organized and share information, forms and communication securely.
4. Streamline Manual Processes
Whether your organization has 10 or 10,000 employees, document storage and retrieval is often a frustrating and time consuming occurrence. By installing a centralized and secure archive to streamline records, forms and documents, you can save time, improve productivity and keep organized with ease.
5. Create Clear and Concise Performance Goals
Setting realistic goals with your employees benefits both sides and generates focus and productivity. Delegate specific goals to be accomplished in a set amount of time. Employees can then prioritize more essential tasks with discernible measurability, which gives them a sense of accomplishment. Using automation to set up employee goals helps to keep them on track and managers up to date with their progress.