Manufacturing Workforce: How to Keep Your Employees Engaged
by Natalie Smith on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 @ 11:19
Employees who are properly engaged in their work may produce new levels of success. This has been proven over the years, but many companies don’t recognize what employee engagement can do for their business. When employees become disinterested in their work, their productivity plummets, their job satisfaction decreases, and their morale sinks. All employees, including those with desk jobs and hands-on positions in manufacturing, require constant engagement and attention. If your company is struggling to keep your manufacturing workforce engaged, here are a few things you can do to increase their awareness, attention, and satisfaction.
1. Make Your Mission Clear
When employees don’t feel connected with their company, it may be difficult for them to perform to a high standard. If they don’t understand the company’s mission or goals, they won’t be effective in helping the company achieve its long-term objectives. Ambiguity in goals may decrease engagement. Set your goals, communicate them and let every employee know what they can do individually to help the company reach that endpoint. To get employees more engaged, ask them for their feedback, input, and ideas. Impress upon them that every opinion counts. When employee participation and thought is considered, they may feel more company ownership and will want it to succeed.
2. Know Your Workers
Employees are more loyal and dedicated when they are connected with their managers, supervisors, and bosses. When a workspace feels like a community or a family, they will want to stay with the company, put forward their best effort, and look forward to arriving at work each day. Take the time to get to know your employees. Don’t be a remote boss – visit them in their workplace and communicate with them. Ask about their families, celebrate their birthdays, and know when major events are occurring in their lives. Avoid prying in their private matters, but get to know the person, not just the employee. Make an effort to show you’re interested in fostering strong work relationships and watch their engagement grow.
3. Take Care of Workplace Safety
Many hazards can arise in the manufacturing industry. If you want your employees to put in their best performance and greatest effort, you will want them to know that they are safe in their work environment. Employ an effective safety program and do all you can to ensure the equipment is functioning properly. Show your employees that you value their health and safety above anything else. When they know they are safe, they feel more confident and happy at work, which makes them more eager to work diligently.
4. Make Room for Education and Growth
Everyone wants to avoid the low-motivation atmosphere of a dead-end job. To keep your employees interested, you need to show them there’s a clear path of career advancement within your company. An employer should try to offer opportunities for education and growth. There are many options you can utilize, both online and off. For example, you can use technology-based resources, such as massive open online courses (MOOCs), webinars and digital apps. These options can broaden skill sets and demonstrate new ways of working. Industry conferences and seminars are also a good resource for development. Invest in your employee’s education and you will develop a more engaged workforce.
5. Recognize and Reward Hard Work
Employees work hard to help our companies reach goals, but sometimes we forget to acknowledge their commitment and dedication. To promote positive attitudes and work ethics, take time to show your appreciation. Give praise for a job well done. Reward with small gifts when they reach certain milestones or use an employee of the month system to reward each individual that demonstrates growth. Small incentives, such as lunch or a gift card, can be very rewarding and show you appreciate their work and effort. Remember that recognition is a strong motivator.
6. Promote Team Spirit
When you and your employees don’t work as a team, progress may be hindered. Each individual plays a special role in completing tasks for the company. Fostering teamwork may lead to greater success. A cooperative and strong team can develop when individuals get to know one another and develop trust. What you can do is spend time fostering teamwork both inside and outside of the workplace. This may include going to a public event together, doing volunteer work, or doing an organized team-building activity. Familiarity may provide comfort with team members and an increase in productivity.
It’s important to demonstrate to your employees that you value the work they do. As you continue to motivate them to keep them interested and engaged in their projects, you’ll have a more productive workforce and will experience more business growth.