Getting the most from your staff
It's all about keeping up the momentum
Start-ups score particularly highly on employee engagement – there’s enthusiasm about the new business, and a sense of being in at the start of something special. Maintaining that enthusiasm is the challenge!
Top tips to boost staff engagement
For a staff member, engagement generally means they will feel passionate about their work, committed to and proud of the business, and want to give their best every day. Here are our top tips to achieve a truly engaged workforce.
Lead by example
How the founder or Managing Director behaves sets the tone for how the company behaves
Ask everyone's opinion, and make everyone feel their contribution is valid
About your purpose and values, why your business does what it does and how it will behave
Support from the top
Drivers for change can be top-down or bottom-up, but support from leaders is vital
Promote an open door policy
Ensure that, as a leader, you are regularly visible: running smaller businesses gives you the opportunity to be seen regularly by employees, which is not always the case in larger companies.
Handy hintSmall gestures, such as saying something nice to every employee every single day, can improve employee perceptions of how much they're valued in a company.
Reflect staff values
More and more employees want to work for organisations that meet their ethical, social and environmental responsibilities. Over half of all millennials in the UK are attracted to companies whose values are aligned with their own, according to PwC.
What other companies are doing
Staff benefits that boost the company
Be socially responsible
Respect your workers
Think outside the box
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