Boost employee engagement

Getting the most from your staff

Keeping up the momentum

Start-ups score particularly highly on employee engagement – there’s enthusiasm about the new business, and a sense of being in at the start of something special. Maintaining that enthusiasm is the challenge!

Tips to boost engagement

For a staff member, engagement generally means they will feel passionate about their work, committed to and proud of the business, and want to give their best every day. Here are our top tips to achieve a truly engaged workforce.

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    Lead by example

    How the found or Managing Director behaves sets the tone for how the company behaves

    02

    Be inclusive

    Ask everyone's opinion, and make everyone feel their contribution is valid

    03

    Be clear

    About your purpose and values, why your business does what it does and how it will behave

    04

    Support from the top

    Drivers for change can be top-down or bottom-up, but support from leaders is vital

    05

    Promote an open door policy

    Ensure that, as a leader, you are regularly visible: running smaller businesses gives you the opportunity to be seen regularly by employees, which is not always the case in larger companies. 

    Handy hint

    Small gestures, such as saying something nice to every employee every single day, can improve employee perceptions of how much they're valued in a company.
    06

    Reflect staff values

    More and more employees want to work for organisations that meet their ethical, social and environmental responsibilities. Over half of all millennials in the UK are attracted to companies whose values are aligned with their own, according to PwC.

What other companies are doing

Staff benefits that boost the company

Jojo Maman Bebe gives all staff the chance to undertake vocational or academic education while working

Be socially responsible

Innocent donates 10% of annual profits to a foundation that helps the poorest people in countries that their fruit comes from

Respect your workers

John Lewis calls its employees 'partners' and empowers them by enabling them to suggest, trial and run with ideas

Think outside the box

KPMG gives employees their birthday as a holiday (or an alternative additional day off) and a lunch allowance

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