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7 ways to engage staff
7 ways to engage staff
7 ways to engage staff
7 ways to engage staff
7 ways to engage staff
7 ways to engage staff
7 ways to engage staff
7 ways to engage staff
7 ways to engage staff
7 ways to engage staff
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7 ways to engage staff

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Businesses are slowly realising how important staff engagement is to get economies worldwide out of recession. The cost of poor engagement runs into £ billions. Not only that, it makes unhappy, …

Businesses are slowly realising how important staff engagement is to get economies worldwide out of recession. The cost of poor engagement runs into £ billions. Not only that, it makes unhappy, unproductive working environments.
These seven basic rules will tell you what to do if you want to create a culture that allows your staff to engage and make a greater contribution to business success.

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  • 1. Excel:arate Mob: 07971 103 232 www.excelarate.co.uk Raising performance – delivering results 7 Ways to engage your staff Fiona Cohn Excel:arate fiona@excelarate.co.uk
  • 2. Excel:arate Mob: 07971 103 232 www.excelarate.co.uk Before you start...recognise the indicators Here are some classic signs your staff are not engaged • Swift exodus at the end of the day • More mistakes than you’d expect • Higher than average absence levels • Problems referred up wasting manager time • Misunderstandings and strained relationships • People working in silos • Rumour and gossip • Losing your best staff Raising performance, delivering results
  • 3. Excel:arate Mob: 07971 103 232 www.excelarate.co.uk Why bother? Disengaged staff are costing economies worldwide £billions. In the UK the figure is around £65 billion. More than 2/3 of staff are not engaged with their work. That impacts on their motivation, commitment and productivity. Staff who are not engaged make more mistakes, take more days off, provide a worse customer experience, and have more accidents. They are also more likely to ruin your reputation. Business leaders now recognise that improving staff engagement is the single most useful thing they can do to get out of recession. Raising performance, delivering results
  • 4. Excel:arate Mob: 07971 103 232 www.excelarate.co.uk 1. Listen to your staff • Listening is a difficult skill to master • Listen to understand not to respond. • When you’ve listened show staff that you’ve heard and understood. • Ask them how they can make your business more successful. • Ask them what they need from you to be even better at what they do. • Acknowledge what they tell you. Raising performance, delivering results
  • 5. Excel:arate Mob: 07971 103 232 www.excelarate.co.uk 2. Make staff part of the solution • What ever you want to achieve in business, your staff will have good ideas about what you can do. • When you’re planning a change, involve them early. • If you’re having difficulties, ask them for ideas of possible solutions. • Involve everybody who wants to be involved – even the most junior member of staff has something to contribute. Raising performance, delivering results
  • 6. Excel:arate Mob: 07971 103 232 www.excelarate.co.uk 3. Ditch the Blame Culture • Most staff come to work to do the best job they can. • When they make mistakes, use it as a developmental opportunity for them to learn. They’re already feeling guilty – why make it worse? • Make sure that everyone feels safe to own up to mistakes quickly. They’ll be quicker and cheaper to solve. • Blame cultures stifle innovation and problem solving. Raising performance, delivering results
  • 7. Excel:arate Mob: 07971 103 232 www.excelarate.co.uk 4. Recognise their contribution • Say thank you for a job well done. It costs nothing and buys you goodwill. • If you get good feedback about members of staff, either from clients or colleagues, make sure you tell them and that others know. • If they show initiative, see how you can reward them by getting them involved in an interesting piece of work. • Work out how you can reward them (not necessarily financially) for their contribution. Raising performance, delivering results
  • 8. Excel:arate Mob: 07971 103 232 www.excelarate.co.uk 5. Explain the ‘golden thread’ The ‘golden thread’ is the link between what individual members of staff do every day and how it contributes to the success of their business. • Make sure all your staff know exactly how their job contributes. • Never assume they’ll work it out for themselves. Raising performance, delivering results
  • 9. Excel:arate Mob: 07971 103 232 www.excelarate.co.uk 6. Be Regular, Honest and Open in your communication It’s impossible to not communicate. Everything you do and say and the way you behave communicates something. • Your behaviour can make a lie of your words. • It’s particularly important to communicate regularly and honestly at times of change and challenge. If you don’t you’ll create a vacuum into which will pile rumour, gossip, anger and dissent. • Make sure your messages are put in context. Raising performance, delivering results
  • 10. Excel:arate Mob: 07971 103 232 www.excelarate.co.uk 7. Behave consistently It’s not what you do it’s the way that you do it. Do what you say you’ll do when you say you’ll do it. There’s nothing more worrying for people than colleagues who are inconsistent. People want to know where they stand. Act professionally, resist the temptation for favouritism and if you’re having a bad day tell them. They’ll forgive you Raising performance, delivering results
  • 11. Excel:arate Mob: 07971 103 232 www.excelarate.co.uk If you want to know more about how we can help you to massively improve your business results, please get in touch: Fiona Cohn Excel:arate Mob: 07971 103 232 Email: fiona@excelarate.co.uk Web: www.excelarate.co.uk Raising performance, delivering results

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