Improve Employee Engagementby James Clarke
Create a Happy Workforce
More than ever, employers are recognising the importance of a happy workforce. The correlation between happiness levels, motivation and productivity has been well documented for a long time.
Creating the ‘right’ working environment is not just important in the context of the bottom line. It is often considered one of, if not the most important reason for staff remaining with their employer. In this regard a happy workforce is not only more productive but also more loyal.
It’s a no brainer that any company would wish to know why an employee of theirs was unhappy. But are there obstacles which may prevent an employee feeling able to share his or her true feelings? Such barriers could result in a highly-valued employee deciding to leave. On reflection, the employee’s heightened feeling of frustration could have been addressed, and departure avoided.
If employees are considered the lifeblood of any business, then their voices must be heard. Employee feedback is therefore essential, to ensure a joined-up approach is adopted company wide. After all, without such feedback, how would any employer know what its employees are thinking and feeling.
Avius Surveys provides a solution which bridges the gap between employee and employer, by enabling staff to provide feedback on an ongoing basis. It can be given anonymously if the employee is uncomfortable giving their name and/or department.
The surveys are accessible for all and made available in multiple languages. Strategically located survey points within the work environment make it easy for employees to provide feedback in the moment.
What is Employee Engagement?
“A workplace approach designed to ensure that employees are committed to their organisation’s goals and values, motivated to contribute to organisational success, and are able at the same time to enhance their own sense of well-being.”
MacLeod and Clarke
- Overall happiness 96%
- Feel valued 93%
- Feel motivated 95%
- Enjoy job 99%
Increase Staff Morale
By listening to your employees, engagement levels will increase as a direct result of staff feeling involved and valued. The Avius platform can be used for employees to share ideas, like the old-fashioned suggestion box. Perhaps a prize could be awarded to the best suggestion each month, or for all suggestions which are implemented? In this sense, not only are staff being rewarded for their pro-active approach, but they will also feel that they can make a real difference to the business.
A Happy Team
A happy workforce is contagious. Coming to work shouldn’t be a chore and an environment that encourages positivity will result in fewer sick days and absences. Also, less disruptions and low staff turnover will create a feeling of stability and togetherness, and save money.
A recent study by economists at the University of Warwick found that happiness led to a 12% spike in productivity, while unhappy workers proved 10% less productive. As the research team put it, “We find that human happiness has large and positive causal effects on productivity. Positive emotions appear to invigorate human beings.
Increased Performance Levels
Not surprisingly, a motivated and engaged workforce will directly contribute to increased productivity and performance levels. For relatively little time, money and effort, a business can make quick wins by engaging with its workforce. Longer term, businesses benefit from retaining skilled employees, who understand and embrace the company culture and core values.
Measuring Employee Engagement
Avius can help you track employee engagement levels over time. Analytics displayed in a simple to view dashboard makes it easy to extract key pieces of information. Through identification of problem areas, ongoing improvements to systems and processes can be made.
At Avius we like to practice what we preach. If you feel we could help you with employee engagement, please do get in touch.