Checkboxes for satisfaction Ifwant to ensure that your efforts to improve the workplace for staffare having the desired effect, you need to regularly survey yourstaff. (Image: Shutterstock)

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Engaged employees are more productive and better for yourbusiness. So, it might surprise you to learn that in a typicalbusiness, around 67 percent of the workforce is not engaged, and 18percent is actively disengaged, with just 15 percent considered engaged with theirwork and the efforts of the business.

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Clearly, then there is plenty for companies to do in order toimprove levels of engagement. But the truth is it's not usuallyanything enormous or sweeping that makes the changes; it's getting the little day-to-day details right. Here we take alook at some of the small things that your business can do thatwill add up to a big difference in employee engagement levels.

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Related: The real reasons employees quit

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Compliment slips

If you want to engage your employees then you first need toensure they feel like a true part of the team. It is important forus to feeling like our working lives are professional, and thereare things that businesses can do help staff get this sense. It mayseem like a tiny detail, but whenever staff are given any kind ofinformal document or note, it should be presented on a compliment slip.

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Personal messages that are sent on a branded compliment slip aremore powerful and memorable, and it can genuinely leave your stafffeeling more positive about their role. Whether you are sending athank you, or congratulating a member of staff for something, alittle thing like a compliment slip makes a difference.

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Regular staff surveys

If want to ensure that your efforts to improve the workplace forstaff are having the desired effect, you need to regularly survey your staff. This can be verybeneficial for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it allows yourbusiness to keep track of the opinions of staff, and use theirfeedback to make positive changes that will actually help thebusiness – no-one knows what your company needs more than thepeople doing the job.

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Secondly, sending out surveys shows your staff that you areinterested in their opinions and are willing to listen to what theyhave to say. When employees feel more engaged and have the abilityto making changes, it can be extremely motivating andmorale-boosting.

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It's not expensive or time consuming to send out surveys, andresults can be easily collated and then actioned for usefulchanges.

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Provide training

Staff want to learn more. It's a fact that is often overlookedby employers who might think that their employees are happy to dowhat they do – but for the vast majority of staff, the ultimategoal is progression and gaining further skills. It's a great idea,then, to provide staff with more opportunities for training.

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Training can take multiple forms. It doesn't even necessarilyneed to be something related to their role directly. You mightoffer sessions in leadership, or public speaking, or even somethingthat is unrelated to their current work, but can lead them to be amore rounded worker.

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Communicate more

Employees hate being left in the dark about what is going onwithin a business. Whether it's news about hiring new members ofstaff, or big plans about the directions of the business, employeeslove to know the details and feel like they are a bigger part ofthe company. This can make them engage much more in the work theydo, and feel as if they are part of a shared goal.

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Celebrate!

There can undoubtedly be an issue with companies where successis not celebrated. As humans we like to see that our achievementsare recognized, and take a moment to appreciate those of ourcolleagues. This can be a real motivator for staff because it showsthat there was a reason for your hard work, and reinforces thatwhat you are doing is good.

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In turn this can raise morale throughout the team and keepeveryone feeling like they are part of a group moving towards ashared goal. Celebrations don't have to be extensive – perhaps acouple of hours a month, or one afternoon every quarter just tospend time recognizing the good work being completed and how it isaffecting the business. Getting the little things right can lead tofar better levels of employee engagement. And in turn this canimprove morale and boost productivity. So consider implementing theideas above into your workplace, and look for the huge differencethese small changes will make.

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Dakota Murphey has a wealth of experiencein business management, with over 10 years of experience she'sworked on a number of successful campaigns. She now enjoys sharing herknowledge through her writing and connecting with like-mindedprofessionals.


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