Employee engagement makes a huge difference to a business’ productivity and overall success; if workers are committed and motivated to reach goals, this will reflect in their results. In fact, when a business is highly engaged, customer ratings increase by 10%. However, it has been found that 70% of workers are not engaged at work, which can be problematic.
Whether it’s team-building days or putting recognition schemes together, due to the importance, businesses are spending large amounts of money trying to get their employees engaged at work. However, the quickest and most effective solution is to examine the root of the problem and ask why workers aren’t engaging in the first place.
George Rouse, owner and executive chef at George’s Kitchens, knows just how important employee engagement is to a business’ overall productivity and success. Here are the reasons he suggests could be making your employees disengaged, so you can find a solution.
A lot of the time if someone tells you to do something it will probably make you less likely to want to do it, ultimately this can happen to your employees. Freedom and responsibility are vital to keeping your employees engaged. If they feel like they’re in control and making their own decisions they will be self-motivated in doing so. Not only does this build trust between you and your staff, but it also feeds into their sense of self-expression, which can improve the quality of work.
Your business is their business
The message that your company portrays and the image it has to others has a direct impact on how your employees work. It has been reported that 42% of workers now want to work for an organisation that has a positive impact; 36% say they would work harder if their company benefitted society. This has been found to be especially true for the millennial generation who consider it to be a big factor in their employment. At George’s Kitchen, our ethos is to work sustainably with local businesses, which also benefits our customers with fresher ingredients.
Employees often struggle to stay engaged at work if they’re tired. Many people will try and substitute lack of sleep with sugary and caffeinated drinks to keep energy levels up. This will work for a short amount of time but after the sugar rush has gone, workers will crash and inevitably feel sluggish. One way of tackling this is by offering quiet areas that allow employees to rest on their breaks and have some downtime away from their desks or workspace.
An empty belly makes for an empty head and it’s extremely difficult to focus and engage in a task if you’re not properly fed. Without fuel employees’ minds will keep wandering, thinking about what’s for dinner. A solution to this is making sure your employees eat a proper, balanced diet. Many businesses have started offering fruit baskets or even free lunches for their employees. For example, at George’s Kitchen, we provide corporate catering that ensures employees get the right amount of delicious nutrition to sustain them through the working day.
Feeling underappreciated is another leading reason employees can be disengaged. It is sometimes difficult for staff to constantly motivate themselves and engage in a job when they know it’s not going to be recognised. In fact, Forbes have reported that 76% of employees would quit if they felt underappreciated; it’s a huge factor. The best way to solve this is either through a recognition scheme or staff perks. You could arrange a catered lunch, which would kill two birds with one stone, hunger and appreciation. This will show you’re recognising and rewarding employee efforts whilst keeping them energised and who doesn’t like free food?
For more information on corporate catering visit: https://www.georgeskitchen.co.uk