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Your Guide to Creating a Self-Engaged Workforce

By Erika Rahman
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Employee engagement should be the top priority for every business wanting to be successful. You need a workforce of self-engaged employees, who genuinely care about their jobs and are motivated to do their best every day.

So, how can employees engage themselves in the workplace? Have the right structures, systems, and procedures in place. Here are a few tips to follow if you want to see real self-engagement from employees.

1. A supportive company culture

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Self-engagement will come naturally if they feel the company culture aligns with their own values. It’s important to establish a culture that is inclusive and supportive, and helps each employee understand the part they play in the company. If everyone believes in the mission and methods of the organization, they are more likely to feel they are working toward a common goal. Finding meaning at work is, in itself, one of the best motivators for employees.

2. A friendly workplace

Having a friend at work makes everything better. Forming work friendships improves communication within the office and gives employees a greater sense of belonging. They are so much more motivated to come to work every day with a smile on their face if they know they’re going to enjoy it. Employees with friends in the office perform at higher levels, so it’s worth creating a friendly workplace environment if you want to see self-engaged employees.

3. Learn where their strengths are

It’s much easier to see self-engagement from employees if they know what their individual strengths are. Knowing that they have specific skills will give them more confidence to contribute. Let employees know where they could improve, and then help them come up with an action plan to turn those weaknesses into strengths.

4. Recognize good work

Recognition makes everyone feel good. If an employee feels appreciated for the good work they’re doing every day, odds are they will make an effort to give back to the company in the future. With Motivosity, you can offer a wide range of rewards, from online awards and badges to money and physical gifts that they can choose themselves. If your employees feel that they are appreciated, they will engage themselves more fully at work and feel more loyal to the company.

5. Get involved in peer recognition

Self-engagement can come from increased positive interaction with others. If your team feels more connected to each other, they will be more naturally collaborative, relying on each other’s strengths to achieve team goals. A peer recognition program can make this all easier and make gratitude an essential part of every day. Engage your employees with a real sense of community, rather than rare rewards and unhealthy competitions.

6. Make sure employees are heard

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The most self-engaged employees are those who feel that their contributions matter. It’s important to listen to your employees, giving them opportunities to provide opinions and feedback. If your employees feel like they make meaningful contributions to company culture, you’ll be on your way to creating a network of self-engaged employees.

Find out more about how employees can engage themselves in the workplace

If you like these tips and want an easy way to put them into practice in your workplace, Motivosity has all the answers you need. Register for your free trial today and witness a revolution of self-engaged employees.