Employee engagement: how to motivate your staff

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According to a Mazars survey, only 58 percent of employees feel motivated at work, and we all know that low levels of motivation equal low levels of employee engagement. To fight back disengagement and increase productivity, we have some worthwhile ideas that have proven to create a fruitful office environment.

Create opportunities to mix personal and work life

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We must keep personal and work life distinctly separated, of course. However, on some occasions it’s necessary to be flexible. It’s a smart move to let employees share some aspects of their personal life in order to make them feel welcomed.

If you feel part of a group of people, whether it’s coworkers, friends or family, you work harder to stay there. Employers can create situations for blending these to aspects of every worker’s life and see the employee engagement rise.

Some ideas: bring your parents to work day, bring your pet to work day, hidden talent day.

Start workplace traditions

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A good start point to set your company apart from the rest is to establish annual, monthly or weekly traditions that workers can look forward to. The key is to be original and give staff an incentive to find the workload lighter and more manageable.

Some ideas: Ice-cream day, potluck day, smoothie Friday, napping day.

Let your employees take the reins

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What’s more motivating and uplifting than being trusted with a new assignment? Assign a project to your employees that gives them the opportunity to excel at a challenging task. Chances are you will all reap the amazing results.

Apart from being a motivation booster, assigning temporal leadership roles empowers employees to make a difference and feel appreciated in the workplace. Plus, it’s important to delegate!

Learn what puts the “dis” in “disengagement”

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Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. This can perfectly apply to work motivation. In order to tackle disengagement, you have to know where to look for it. Pinpoint routines, attitudes and tasks that turn off motivation and replace them with motivation boosters that keep at bay bad work vibe.

Some common disengagers: Job insecurity, glass ceilings, schedule inflexibility.

Customize the office: let workers leave their mark

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A study held by Craig Knight, Director of the Identity Realization workplace consultancy, in 47 London-based offices, shed a light on the importance of workspace personalization.

After given the chance to customize their work areas, employees became 32 percent more productive and committed to the job. Let your staff have a go in desk or office design. By taking ownership of the workplace decor, they will feel more at home and driven to come to work every day.

Some ideas: family photographs, desk toys, colorful post-its, plants.

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