6 Factors Affecting Workplace Productivity & Engagement

Monday, November 9, 2020

6 Factors Affecting Workplace Productivity & Engagement

Did you know that 85% of employees [1] worldwide don’t feel engaged at work? Many times, this says more about the employer than the employee. In today’s article, we’re going to explore why that is, as we go through six crucial factors that affect workplace productivity and engagement.

The Cost Of Disengaged Employees

A company where multiple employees don’t feel engaged, involved, and productive is a company where there’s something missing. Something so crucial that it ends up having a major impact on the team’s motivation and, ultimately, on the business’s finances - a disengaged employee can cost a company nearly US$16,000 [2] per year!

Knowing this, it becomes clear why it is pivotal for employers to understand what exactly affects employee engagement and, more importantly, what they can do to decrease absenteeism and their employee turnover rate while boosting productivity, dedication, and motivation. Keep reading!

1. Work Environment

As you can imagine, no one enjoys working in a negative or toxic environment. Make sure to create a workplace atmosphere that is based on your company’s values, where your employees feel supported, valued, and safe.

Put honesty and co-operation first, remember to reward your employees when they deserve it, and make sure the office is always clean and well-lit.

2. Training & Career Development Opportunities

Every employee wants to grow in their career, so it’s essential that they feel like their employer is invested in their professional development and provides them with the relevant training opportunities throughout their journey in the company.

If you don’t have a training program yet, it might be time for you to develop one. Plus, make sure each team member has a chance to grow within the company hierarchy, and won’t end up feeling stuck in the same position for too long.

3. Processes

From recruiting to onboarding, compensation, performance management, task delegation and more: establishing processes for your company will allow you to provide your employees with positive experiences from the get-go.

Developing these processes can be time-consuming and it is very much a matter of trial and error. However, once you have them, you’ll be a lot more organised and efficient - and so will the rest of the team.

4. Pay Structure

Your employees have bills to pay, children to take care of, and goals to accomplish, and the monetary benefits are obviously one of the reasons why they took a job in your company.

Use this as a motivational tool, by explaining clearly and transparently how your pay structure works and what you consider when deciding if an employee deserves a promotion and raise.

5. Employee Wellness

Employee wellness has become a popular topic over the past few years, and it refers to the physical and mental health of your team members.

As an employer, you want to provide your employees with all the tools and resources they might need whenever they don’t feel their best, as doing so will show them that you care and also prevent small problems from developing into something more serious.

Create a wellness program, offer healthy snacks at work, and always encourage your employees to put them welfare first.

6. Diversity

Multi-culture is now more important than ever and it has certainly become an important factor when it comes to employee engagement.

Make sure you give everyone equal opportunities, no matter what their culture, religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality are, and that will reflect on your employee satisfaction and productivity. Plus, with such a varied pool of talent within your company, you’ll have access to a wider range of skills, which can lead your profits to increase significantly.

Without a strong, productive team that feels engaged every single day they walk into the office, your company wouldn’t be able to go far, and reaching all your established goals would be a lot harder. As such, it is your responsibility, either as a business owner or HR professional, to make sure your employees feel engaged and have everything they need to produce the best results they possibly can.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to do so alone. With Qualee by your side, you’ll be able to guarantee a high level of employee engagement from onboarding all the way to offboarding, using unique features such as quizzes, surveys, anonymous real-time messaging, and more. Try our Starter Plan today!

[1] http://news.gallup.com/reports/220313/state-global-workplace-2017.aspx?

[2] https://www.forbes.com/sites/karlynborysenko/2019/05/02/how-much-are-your-disengaged-employees-costing-you/?sh=15a6cb6d3437

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