How to Increase the Overall Happiness of Your Healthcare Team
10 Ways to Better Engage Your Employees
When your employees are engaged, you reap big rewards.
Engagement is about more than happy employees.
It benefits the bottom line — and may even save lives.
Companies with an engaged workplace outperform their less engaged competitors by more than
healthcare professionals would take a lower-paying job if it meant being part of a great culture.
An engaged workplace leads to less turnover.
Just 30% of Americans are engaged at work.
Engagement is a little higher among nurses, but barely: 33% are engaged.
Luckily, engaging your employees is far from rocket science. Here’s how you can better engage your team:
1. Know what excites your employees.
Sit down with your team and brainstorm ways to improve their work experiences. How can they explore their passions while achieving the organization's goals?
What do you love about your job?
2. Empower your team members.
Workers who have the autonomy to test out new ideas and take initiative are more engaged — and they’re more likely to invest themselves in the company.
3. Practice transparency.
Offer candid updates about the business’s performance and growth. Share leadership’s vision, and explain how employees fit into its future.
4. Base performance management on clear goals.
Clarity of expectations is one of the top employee needs. Meet with your team regularly to review progress and offer feedback.
5. Emphasize strengths over weaknesses.
Instead of focusing on what workers are doing wrong, encourage them to keep up the good work in the areas in which they show promise.
6. Reward inspirational leadership.
Team members who view their leaders as inspirational are happier and more productive. Incentivize great leadership by rewarding managers who motivate their teams.
7. Provide regular state-of-the-company updates.
Informed employees are happy employees, so be open. Regular check-ins also prevent anxiety and suspicion — both can distract people on the job.
8. Offer career development assistance.
If you notice dissatisfied employees, help them identify their core skills. Encourage them to pursue opportunities that align with their strengths.
9. Celebrate achievements — big and small.
Show your employees you’re paying attention by calling out great performances. Take your team out to lunch or give employees small rewards when patients praise them specifically.
10. Compensate employees fairly.
You simply cannot retain your best people if you don’t offer competitive pay and benefits. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for — especially when recruiting the best employees.