As an employer you can sometimes think (or choose to think!) that everything is going well in your organization and that your employees are happy and motivated more than ever. As much as you want your employees to be satisfied at work and wish to offer an environment that is favorable to their development, it can become difficult to ignore decreased productivity, gossip or increased turnover; clear signs that the level of employee engagement leaves much to be desired.
The workplace climate is the product of a variety of employees’ reactions and behaviors, which are affected by their perception of their workplace at any given moment. Changes to their impressions and emotions are ordinarily caused by specific events that occur at work, for example, a dismissal, a change in management or its vision, an acquisition, etc.
If your observations lead you to conclude that the climate of your organization is not at its best, you can adopt some practices to validate your observations if necessary.
- Evaluation of employee commitment and satisfaction by way of an anonymous survey, focus groups or retention interviews that target specific criteria that you want to measure.
- Implementation of programs and practices that promote engagement pursuant to an analysis of the survey results. For example, open communication and sharing of information, lunch with the president, regular meetings with managers, a recognition program and a more participative management.
- Evaluation and review of existing practices in your organization in order to assess their alignment with new social and business realities. For example, your business’ culture, your management style, level of transparency and communication, performance management and employee recognition, etc.
It is not always evident for managers to keep their employees committed and motivated, to offer an optimal quality of work life while remaining competitive in the market. The key is to take the time to observe the climate, identify the key issues, develop a plan of action and monitor climate change in order to create and maintain an encouraging atmosphere for talent. Workplace satisfaction leads to increased productivity which directly impacts profitability and the image of your organization.
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