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Bend without snapping: How to engage employees in a shifting workplace

Rachel Argot
3/10/22 9:00 AM

Yoga may not be for everyone, but taking the time to loosen up the tight muscles that put stress on your company is a healthy habit that can lead to a boost in employee engagement. A daily stretch prepares you for any abrupt changes or shifts within the workplace. And when you’re already in good shape, bending over backwards isn’t too painful.

When considering the workplace trends of this (or any) year, understand that they are a direct result of ongoing shifts in political, social, and economic affairs. Staying informed and keeping brand values up to date allows time and space for these trends to develop and mature into a healthier, more engaging work environment. 

Flexibility applies to the human connection required to communicate effectively in today’s workplace. Employees have increasing visibility into employers’ brand, mission, and purpose and continually evaluate values against their own. Be flexible with expectations: Employees have standards different from the traditional operational hierarchy. Employees are more likely to engage when you allow them the freedom to work in a way that best suits them. Make sure your managing methods are compatible with these wants and needs.

Don't let tradition exceed the need for change. 

Just like the drivers of employee engagement, what makes employees tick is largely customized and adapted to the individual. To forge meaningful relationships that lead to engaged employees, understand them as people:

  1. What they need in order to thrive
  2. Where they need to work in order to perform their best
  3. How they prefer to be recognized (public, one-on-one, through competition, or team-based)

Using these points, consider ways to improve and (re)design workplace habits to complement the unique skill set of your team. Try improving one-on-one connections between your managers and employees. Encourage those same connections between employees and their peers. Hybrid or remote work options are not just advantages– they’re table stakes. Don’t miss out on top talent by sticking to a traditional, in-office, five-day work week. 

Employers who focus on the needs of employees and prospective talent have the opportunity to ensure that perception and attitudes toward the organization are positive by designing a culture of recognition equipped for growth and gratitude. This cultivates a more efficient and effective workplace environment and encourages employee engagement. 

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