How NOT to Engage Your Employees

Posted On: October 10, 2017

Having a team of driven, passionate, and hardworking employees is like having a well-oiled machine: when all the pieces are working together, productivity soars. This is why it’s so important to maintain and cultivate quality employee engagement. 

Sure, you may have procedures and steps in place that are currently achieving that goal; however, it’s always important to evaluate current policies and trim the negative employee engagement practices. This month, Docherty Incentives & Meetings wants to help pinpoint how to engage your employees so you can work toward a better, more productive work environment (and remind you what doesn’t work).

Getting Real with Your Bottom Line

Let’s face it, when you’re happy and invested in what you're doing, you are more energized to see your project succeed. The same is true for your employees. Whether they have been working for you for years, or are recent additions to your company, it is crucial for people to feel a sense of purpose in their work environment. The best way to do this is to create beneficial ways to engage employees. However, patterns and habits can disrupt the best of intentions. Be on the lookout for these common pitfalls that work to disengage your team.

Top 5 Ways NOT to Engage Your Employees

  1. Ignore Work Progression: People need to be able to track their progress themselves so they find work fulfillment. If you ignore it, nobody succeeds, progresses or wins.
  2. Choose Impersonal Communication: Employees need to know their voices are being heard. If they can’t properly communicate with you, what’s the point in trying? You may as well hire robots.
  3. Be Overbearing: There is a clear difference between monitoring and micromanaging a project. Creative ideas and self-confidence can grow if you nourish it, and self-confidence will boost if you allow your employees to take ownership. Being overbearing has people running for cover.
  4. Nurture Irrelevance: Employees who feel confused on how to do the job asked of them or feel like they don’t have the tools necessary to complete a task will take on a defeated mentality. Again, without a purpose in place, what is the point of committing to a company, product or service?
  5. Lack Respect: They say respect is a two-way street, and it can be carried over into any functioning business. Employees want to feel valued and respected for their contributions. If they feel like that is missing, it can translate to lack of respect for you. A business with flimsy respect can’t expect to build something great.

Top 5 Ways to Properly Engage Employees

  1. Communication, Communication: Whether it’s through memos, emails, weekly meetings, training sessions, etc., it’s important to keep in good and constant communication with your team so they know exactly what is expected. A great way to do this is to ask questions and listen to their needs.
  2. Reduce Stress: Create a serene environment through clear and concise objectives.
  3. Career Trajectory: Help your team pursue their career tracks, make them feel empowered, and give them incentives to work toward. Make sure their career path reflects their talents so they can tackle the jobs you assign.
  4. Give Clear Feedback: Feedback should be given regularly. It’s important to acknowledge positive work right away to encourage more of the same work, and it’s just as important to give negative feedback—appropriately—to stop destructive/nonproductive behavior.
  5. A Sense of Purpose: Figure out ways to incorporate everyone so employees can take part in planning and decision making. People who feel connected to projects will work harder to see them through. A great way to start is to ask for employees’ input and other ideas.

How Docherty Can Help Engage Employees

One of the best ways to engage your employees and show your appreciation for their hard work is to offer travel incentives. Employees want to feel appreciated and know they are working towards a common goal. If you reward your top sellers with personal travel rewards, it gives them something to strive for. Furthermore, our team creates employee engagement programs specifically tailored to your company’s needs.

Benefits of Travel Rewards

  • New Destinations: Let your team or customers explore new places like Costa Rica, Ireland, Dubai, Austin and more all while emitting gratitude to you.
  • Team Building Opportunities: Provide a travel reward that includes opportunities for teams and customers to work together to problem solve, build loyalty and strengthen relationships.
  • Detailed Planning: Docherty strives to personally vet every activity, location, hotel and restaurant so your travel reward recipient is well cared for.
  • Hands-On-Help: We plan every detail of a travel incentive so each part of the journey can be enjoyed and free of stress.

Don’t Wait, Contact Us Today

So now that you know how to not engage with your employees, let our team help with the some of the best ways to engage with them. Docherty crafts unique travel incentives and memorable meetings for your hardworking team. Call us, today 763-550-1557 to start engaging your team with the help from Docherty Incentives & Meetings.