Now more than ever, employee engagement is critical to business success. But frontline workers are often left out of the conversation, which can have a significant ripple effect across an organization. To keep your officeless employees connected and engaged with your business goals, follow these three steps.
Employee engagement is declining, according to The latest Gallup poll. At the same time, the active disengagement of workers is progressing. Companies still have time to implement employee engagement strategies before things get worse. One population to focus on first is frontline workers.
Currently, front-line workers are 80% of the global workforce. These are the workers without a desk, those who do a lot of work, including positions in direct contact with customers. Because they are not attached to traditional workspaces, they are at greater risk of disengagement than other types of employees. Often, frontline workers have little or no access to the technologies needed to receive regular updates from the company. This makes them the last to know about important messages from management, vital health and safety information, crisis communications and even routine updates.
Because they are always at a distance from their employers and co-workers, officeless workers often feel like their contribution is not wanted. As a result, they may begin to disengage over time, not realizing how or why they can be part of their organization’s missions, visions, and goals. Therein lies the foundation for much of the global disengagement we see today, and the significant ripple effect it is having on businesses of all sizes and in all industries.
What are some of the most significant repercussions of creeping, unmanaged frontline employee disengagement? The first is a huge financial burden. Gallup estimates that a bad disengagement can cost approximately 7 trillion dollars per year. In the United States alone, disengagement can have significant ripple effects on up to $550 billion annual.
Another inherent challenge of disengagement is an increase in staff turnover. More … than 63% of companies report that, despite all the labor shortages, they have more difficulty retaining their workers than finding replacements for those who leave. Even if disengaged workers do not resign, they may become sources of productivity decline, lower profitability and increased absenteeism. After all, they are unlikely to perform their duties to the highest standards if they are not engaged.
Employee Engagement Solutions: Vital to Successful Organizations
Companies can’t afford to have a frontline workforce that doesn’t want to take responsibility, feels little connection to employer brand or customer experience, and exhibits all the hallmarks of high morale. free fall. Putting the right measures in placeorganizations can avoid these issues and reap all the benefits of engaged officeless employees.
A few of the benefits of providing frontline workers with the right employee engagement solutions include greater ownership and pride, a desire to accomplish goals more effectively, and a strong willingness to collaborate and resolve issues. problems in individual and team environments.
What are the methods to help build a motivated, loyal and engaged frontline staff ready to learn and grow? Below are proven tactics to increase engagement for officeless employees:
- Keep front line workers informed.
With limited access to company-owned devices and no corporate email addresses, frontline workers tend to experience a communication gap that more traditional employees don’t. Companies must provide specific solutions to frontline employees to bridge the gap and ensure they are not left behind.
One such solution is a digital employee engagement platform. that employees can access via personal mobile devices. As long as deskless workers have phones, they can stay connected to whatever is happening.
- Empowering frontline workers to be heard.
Frontline employees are the heart of any business through their “on the ground” locations and, in many cases, access to customers. Yet their unique ideas are often overlooked by employers. This information could have a significant impact on an organization’s operational, marketing, sales and other strategies.
Obtaining feedback from officeless employees through surveys and other means serves two important purposes. The first is that the employee feels heard and valued (the two drivers of employee engagement). The second is for the company to tap into actionable, data-driven insights on everything from frontline processes that are working (and which aren’t) to what frontline workers need to improve their bottom line.
- Implement wellness programs that have positive effects on frontline workers.
Investing in all employees is a must for any business that wants to achieve true employee engagement. Wellbeing initiatives go a long way towards improving worker engagement numbers. Employees who are satisfied with their organization’s benefits and wellness programs are almost twice as likely stay in the business. And companies with engaged employees outperform organizations with disengaged employees by a huge 202%.
Additionally, research shows that employees of companies that have wellness programs embedded in their culture are 67% more likely engage with the missions and goals of their employers. Which wellness programs are most useful for activating staff health and wellness on a larger scale? Employee surveys and other feedback can help identify specific recommendations to help frontline workers feel best to be 100% invested in their role.
Employee engagement solutions that work for fixed workers, including remote workers, often don’t resonate with their officeless colleagues. Companies that want to improve engagement at all levels must be prepared to implement strategies that meet the needs of their frontline employees.
Written by Gys Kappers.
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