Hopefully, you answered yes to that question.
So much has changed lately, but the essentials of life remain the same. People are still the most precious part of all businesses, and their satisfaction and wellbeing must be the top priority, now more than ever.
As much as you want your employees to be satisfied at work and wish to offer an environment that is favorable to their development, one common mistake before taking action is to wait until you start seeing clear signs that the level of employee engagement leaves much to be desired: decreased morale, increased turnover, sick leaves, and so on.
Not Sure Where To Start?
We always recommend keeping an open dialogue between you and your team. If you feel that you haven’t been doing this enough or even at all, it’s never too late to start the conversation. To find out how they’re doing, feeling, progressing, and developing, simply ask.
Using anonymous employee satisfaction surveys is a great way to start. This type of tool can be used sporadically or ongoingly and will allow you to gather feedback on various key metrics.
Some Metrics to Measure Work Climate
• Harmony with vision, values, and mission;
• Professional and personal development;
• Interpersonal relationships;
• Team environment;
• Recognition and feedback;
• Change management;
• And so much more.
Surveying employees around these topics can tell you so much about their experience with you and can lead you to take action where needed. They won’t tell you the exact steps to take, but it’s crucially important not to stop there. When employees offer you feedback, you must confirm that it was well received and explain what you plan on doing next. Most importantly, never go silent after a survey.
To keep the conversation going and get to the root of pain points, you can organize focus groups, retention interviews, exit interviews and much more. Listening and understanding will equip you to review or implement practices that will increase employee engagement and directly impact your work climate.
Some Activities to Improve Work Climate and Employee Engagement
• Health and wellness activities
• Soft skill training
• Teaching and practicing authenticity
• Feedback on performance
With remote work on the rise and without a doubt a necessity, we are led to interact and work together in a virtual environment. Work climate becomes even less palpable and requires that we all remain attentive and in tune with how employees and colleagues are feeling.
Key reminders: observe and listen, identify main issues, develop a plan of action, monitor and adjust.
Whether you have already put your finger on the challenges you are facing or need assistance in determining these challenges, we are able to assist you. For a free one-hour consultation, please send us your contact information here.