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How to Demonstrate Employee Value

How to Demonstrate Employee Value

Yes, it takes commitment, but the challenge isn’t as tough as you might expect. Employees who have confidence in the company leadership, share the vision and feel valued are more engaged and stimulate positive company morale. Here are 5 ways to make a great start.

Communicate:

From introducing a new employee to your company’s mission, values, and purpose to creating and keeping engagement among your staff, communication is essential. And, it’s more than making sure the memos and updates about logistics go out. It includes:

  • • Ensuring that everyone connected to a project receives all the pertinent information.
  • • Putting some fun and creativity in memos, notifications, etc. Why not add a cartoon to the bottom of updates?
  • • Stopping at cubicles to say hi and ask how an employee’s day/week is going.
  • • Seeking, listening to, and respecting your employees’ feedback concerning projects. (Employees who feel their voice is heard are 4.6 times more likely to feel empowered to perform their best work, and 40% of highly-engaged employees receive weekly feedback.)
  • • Listening. Listening. Listening. It’s an essential component of great communication.

Create Connections:

Develop a mentor program within the ranks and encourage fun work relationships among your employees. Take time to “play” a little each day. Sure, some companies have workout rooms, table tennis tournaments, and other large scale options, but that isn’t a prerequisite for fun. “Play” is an attitude or mindset.

  • • Share a company trivia site. Put the names of employees who participate in a once/week drawing for a token gift card to your local ice cream shop.
  • • Have a small stuffed company mascot. Hide it in a department. If they find it, it’s their job to hide it in another department. Whichever department ends up with it on Friday . . . well, make it a fun “penalty.”

There’s a multitude of simple, inexpensive ways to create fun on the job and encourage employee engagement.

Express Appreciation:

Recognizing your employees’ attitudes, contributions, innovativeness, and daily commitment, etc. is vital.  Express your appreciation in words – both written and verbal– as well as intangible thanks will give a boost to employee engagement and morale. Some ideas include:

  • • Verbal appreciation – in person or via a phone chat. Be genuine, personal, and specific.
  • • Written appreciation – send an email, text, or better yet a thank you card. Once again, be genuine, personal, and specific.
  • • Gift cards, an occasional early leave on Friday, free food – from a snack tray to a department lunch . . . There are many ways to express appreciation.

Recognize Employee Value:

Recognizing your employees’value -their talents and contributions is a key factor. (27% of employees who leave, do so because of lack of recognition) Substantiate your recognition with:

  • • Opportunities to learn new skills and move upward within the company. (42% of employees say learning and development is the most important benefit when deciding where to work)
  • • Increased responsibilities – without micro-managing. Letting them rise to the task expresses your confidence and trust in them and encourages innovation and creativity.
  • • Assign responsibilities that align with their interests and abilities.

Make Giving Back a Company Thing:

Your employees want to make a difference – especially within the community, but also globally.  Make giving back ad “team project.” Nothing boosts morale like knowing you have helped someone else.

  • • Get involved in a local work project: For example, plan a Saturday where your team participates in a habitat for humanity. One company built a pavilion along their local river greenway. The company supplied the lumber, and the employees supplied the labor.
  • • Sponsor a little league team or a dream team for handicap children and encourage employees to attend a game, treat the players, or sponsor an end-of-season picnic.
  • • Join in a global charity drive like the Marine’s Toys for Tots.
  • • Hold a company bake sale to raise funds for a charity – let your employees vote on which charity.

Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person and values who they are, as well as what skills and input they bring to the table are productive, find increased job satisfaction and are more loyal to their employer. In other words, they are engaged employees, and company morale is up, which all adds up to increased profitability.

At Award Staffing, we recognize the value of our staff and our temps. Because we do, you can count on the talent we place in your business. Our mantra is work hard, have fun, and be nice. It makes a difference you can’t get along without. Contact us today.

Employee Value and Company Morale

Employee Value and Company Morale

“Success in business is all about people, people, people. Whatever industry a company is in, its employees are its biggest competitive advantage.”   – Sir Richard Branson 

Winning with your customers/clients begins by winning with your employees. Your employees are your pipeline to customer engagement, positive reviews, and word of mouth advertising, and a prosperous bottom-line. The more your employees feel valued, the higher and more profound than your employee engagement is; the greater your employee engagement, the more positive and stronger your company morale will be. It’s a domino effect that begins with a company’s decision to recognize the value of their employees.

Employee value begins with taking the time to ensure that every employee understands:

  • • The company’s mission statement and purpose and their role and input in attaining that purpose. In fact, a 10-year study by Grow Author Jim Stengel reveals that companies with a high sense of purpose outperform others by as much as 400%.
  • • That their attitudes, efforts, and accomplishments are recognized and appreciated. Only 12.4% of workers who are recognized for their work have interviewed for a potential new job switch in the last three months, while more than 21% of workers who don’t feel recognized have been exploring new opportunities. (TINYpulse)

When employees are appreciated and valued as the asset they truly are, they are much more likely to be engaged employees. Engaged employees contribute to tangible returns for your business. The numbers speak for themselves. Valued, engaged employees:

  • • Take their tasks seriously and be self-accountable for their responsibilities –ensuring that they complete their part of a project well and on time, and going above and beyond their required tasks for the company’s benefit. (Studies reveal that companies with highly engaged employees improved operating income by 19.2% over 12 months)
  • • Stay with the company, reducing turnover. (Engaged organizations have reduced turnover by as much as 87%)
  • • Become a brand ambassador for their company. (78% of engaged employees would recommend their company’s products and services)

When employees are engaged, company morale – employee outlook, attitudes, satisfaction, and confidence – climbs. Employees are positive about their work environment and confident that they are in a place where their career can grow and dreams are attained.

Susan M. Heathfield points out that, “Feeling part of the goals that are bigger than themselves (and their job) contributes significantly to positive employee morale. Many employees want to feel as if they are part of something important and contributing to success for the greater good is a real morale booster.”

So, what gives employees a sense of personal value within the workplace? What builds company morale? While there are multiple angles, it boils down to 5 essential pillars.

  • • Purpose: As we already mentioned, it’s vital for your employees to connect with the company’s mission and purpose – to know that their tasks contribute to a big picture.
  • • Well-being: Creating an atmosphere that says your employees matter to you – that you care about the whole person – including their emotional, social, and mental health — a sense of camaraderie among their coworkers.
  • • Appreciation: Nothing contributes more to a sense of purpose and well-being than knowing that your contribution is recognized, respected and appreciated.
  • • Growth opportunities: Providing the encouragement and provision to learn and grow in their knowledge, abilities, experience, and career opportunities.
  • • Freedom: A chance to be innovative, creative, and even take a risk without fear of repercussion if an idea doesn’t pan out.

Focusing on these five pillars to bring value to your employees, engage them in your culture, and build overall company morale pays a significant ROI. Studies have shown that companies who place value on and invest time in their employees are:

  • • 53% more likely to have highly engaged employees
  • • 29% more likely to have employees innovating and performing great work
  • • 27% more likely to have increased in revenue last year

With numbers like those, who can afford not to place value where value is due?

At Award Staffing, we recognize the value of our staff and our temps. Because we do, you can count on the talent we place in your business. Our mantra is work hard, have fun, and be nice. It makes a difference you can’t get along without. Contact us today.

Ways to Improve Company Culture to Increase Employee Engagement

A company’s culture directly correlates with its employee engagement, so when one is lacking, the other has hindered success. There are numerous solutions that, when implemented, cultivate a strong culture to ultimately improve overall employee engagement. It can be as simple as defining core values, providing proper training for leaders, and implementing tech-based tools. Below are a few tips to enact these factors into a company’s organizational strategy to maintain a strong and engaged workforce.

Define Your Company’s Culture and Values

Only 12% of executives believe their companies are driving and defining the ‘right culture.’ Employers need to start with their core values or, in other words, the building blocks that determine how a company operates to reach predetermined goals. Core values help construct a workforce that aligns with the overall mission and vision of an organization. Employees who connect with their work and find purpose in their daily tasks have a better chance of remaining focused and motivated toward company goals. This engagement ultimately results in higher productivity and retention. 71% of employees interviewed for a recent study stated that communicating clear expectations was the key to improving engagement. Employers need to document core values in writing, whether in a handbook or digitally, to ensure they’re digestible and easily accessible to employees at all levels as the company grows and evolves.

Implement Tech-based Solutions

Employee engagement needs constant attention, making the implementation of tool-based solutions useful when maintaining information regarding engagement-related practices. A performance management solution within a human capital management software is a lucrative tool that allows employees to track their goals and progress on an ongoing basis. Tech-based tools, like instant messaging applications or social channels for company announcements, should also be adopted within an organizational strategy to allow open communication throughout all levels of a company. Strong, efficient communication allows employees to interact with one another regularly and creates the opportunity to recognize achievements. Peer-to-peer recognition often leads to higher engagement, motivating employees to strive for continued success in their role. Implementing tools to support this creates an open, appreciative, and connected workforce, all factors that construct a strong company culture.

Offer Leadership Training

Harnessing a culture that enforces positive employee engagement lies partly within a company’s leadership structure. Leaders who encourage and model engagement set an example and demonstrate a clear understanding of company values. A recent study found that 86% of employees within organizations that promote a strong culture feel their senior leadership listens to employees, compared with 70% of employees at organizations lacking strong culture. Leaders need to keep their employees involved, with their feedback providing viable glimpses into daily operations. Conduct employee surveys to get their unfiltered feedback and translate it into action, focusing on the largest pitfalls as well as successes relating to leadership in the organization.

Employers should seek new-leader feedback on the training process, with employee engagement applying to leaders as well. If they feel overwhelmed, ill-equipped, or unmotivated in their new role, it could cause poor performance for an entire team or department. Proper training is lucrative to leaders being able to properly support culture and gear the company towards success.

Ensure long-term success

Set quarterly goals to maintain, improve, and benchmark progress in relation to culture. Benchmarking makes it easy to see pain points more efficiently and helps employers determine what needs improvement as the company evolves and changes. What new values need to be devised to match changing demands internally and externally? What is working within the company’s culture strategy that sustains positive employee engagement? What is hindering it from being sustainable? With these questions routinely answered, actions can be taken to ensure continuous improvement.

Make routine feedback a quarterly goal as well to ensure right-from-the-source information regarding engagement amongst employees. Culture needs to evolve to align with changing employee demands and goals. Ensure feedback initiatives cover all levels of the organization to get a full scope of how the company can grow forward in order to remain relevant, keep employees engaged, and stay connected with their workforce.

If your business is in need of help of improving your company culture with quality talent? Reach out to Award Staffing’s account management team today!