Productivity Through Employee Enrichment
Whether you’re an employer or an employee, odds are you haven’t been happy with the economy these past few years. And while recovery is happening, it isn’t happening as fast as any of us would like. Since the pace of recovery is largely beyond any one company’s control, what should companies do while they are waiting?
Our suggestion is to invest in something you CAN control—workplace morale. Working toward a happy, engaged, focused workforce is a great way to invest in the overall well-being of your employees.
Employee engagement has evolved beyond simply engaging people at work to enriching their entire lives. This enrichment philosophy asserts as people improve all aspects of their lives, they can better contribute to the success of the organization where they work.
Moving toward an enriched workforce encompasses leadership, work-life balance, community and communication.
- LEADERSHIP – Effective enrichment leadership is built on a sincere belief in people as the lifeblood of an organization—everything happening within an organization happens because of its people. Employees must bring their passion to the table, but leadership should give them something to be passionate about. Effective enrichment leadership gives employees a clear view of the larger, more meaningful goals of their work.
- WORK-LIFE BALANCE – Our jobs play such an important role in our lives that finding a sense of fulfillment at work is essential. One of the ways companies can help is through work-life balance initiatives that help cut absences and improve morale. Companies can help create work-life balance by offering flexible scheduling and wellness programs to enrich the employee’s mind, body and spirit.
- COMMUNITY –It’s important to build work friendships since we spend so much of our lives in the workplace. The notion of being “all business” goes against our social human nature. We thrive when we form bonds with the people we see day in and day out. Having a support system at the office is a key pillar to enriching the lives of employees.
- COMMUNICATION – Effective two-way communication is the fourth aspect of a move toward employee enrichment. A key part of enrichment communication is to periodically gather employee thoughts and opinions on the work experience. It’s important to provide a forum in which employees can voice their opinions. Surveys and online discussion boards are among the methods available.
It’s important to remember creating an enrichment culture is a process that continually evolves. Employee enrichment should always be integrated into your company culture to keep your workforce passionate and energized.
To learn more about employee enrichment, download the full podcast of Productivity Through Employee Enrichment. This was originally presented as a webinar on May 19, 2011. QuickTime Movie software is required to view this podcast.
For more information, take a look at our strategies, process, and resources associated with Employee Recognition Programs.