Employee Engagement During A Pandemic

In the trying times we are living in, with not only a global pandemic but also economic and social upheaval looming over us daily, more employers are faced with growing challenges. They are taking proactive steps to keep their employees healthy while maintaining productivity.

Most studies have shown that the employee experience is the top issue facing the modern workplace today. With all the distractions life is throwing at us nowadays, employee engagement has never been more critical to business success. As employees ourselves, we all know that we want to do meaningful work that makes a difference, to be recognized for our accomplishments, and to experience satisfying work relationships at the same time. We all understand that increased engagement leads to higher levels of employee satisfaction and retention.

There are several keys to fostering this type of successful work culture. One is to make sure that you have the right people in the right roles working for you. Organizational success depends on possessing organizational talent across the board, and the expression “you’re only as good as your people” has never been more true.

But having talent is not enough. Employers must create and actively promote a climate of trust, for this is the foundation of successful business relationships. This can be demonstrated by actively listening to what’s important to your staff, genuinely showing you care about them, and following the simple concept of “do what you say and say what you do.” Or, quite simply, if you talk the talk, walk the walk. Few things will impress your top talent more than consistently, sincerely exhibiting these traits.

The third element of this process is to foster an environment that prioritizes strong teamwork and leadership. It’s not uncommon through the shared experiences of working together towards a common goal that natural leaders tend to emerge, thus strengthening the team to help them achieve important initiatives while building the skills of your future managers and key stakeholders.

Also, attempt to provide some increased bandwidth for your employees in the scope of their responsibilities. Allow for flexible schedules and increase your capacity for employees to work remotely, particularly those who are challenged by child care issues like schools offering remote only classes or not opening for the foreseeable future.

Finally, keep an eye on the future and consider the advantage of employee “upskilling.” It is believed that about one-third of the skills present in a job posting from as recently as a few years ago will not be needed by next year. Yet, the total skills needed for an average job increase by about 10% annually.

The experts say there will be a burgeoning need for enhanced soft skills in the future. Traits like resiliency, empathy, and social awareness will join the old reliable qualities such as advanced communication skills and creative problem-solving abilities in the accelerated world of employee development.

No doubt you’ve heard someone say, “The future is now” more than a few times in the past. In actuality, the future arrived some time ago, and how your organization demonstrates its ability to adapt and change to meet the needs on your horizon will determine your organizational success in the future yet to come. Employers Council can help; please call us with questions.