8 Cost-Free Ways for Leaders to Increase Employee Engagement
The recent study shows that being treated with respect has even a bigger impact on employees than opportunities for growth, learning and development. Those employees who get respect from their leaders show 56% better health, 89% greater job satisfaction, 92% better focus – thus, those who feel respected are more likely to be engaged and stay with their organisation.
Unfortunately, over 50% of employees report that they don’t get respect from their leaders. And as a result, it leads to less engagement, more turnover, less focus and productivity, and greater health care costs.
Negative effects of feeling disrespected
- Increased tension
- Increased turnover
- Low engagement
8 cost-free ways leaders can show respect
#1. Listen carefully to your employees, repeat their point of view in your own words and ask if get it right.
#2. Learn to understand and accept things that are important for others, even if they are not important for you.
#3. Don’t ‘dance around’ people as it shows that you are superior and they are weak. Be open and direct with others.
#4. Pay attention, e.g. stop your work for a second when someone enters the office and greet this person (stand up, say their name, etc.)
#5. Don’t forget to show your approval when your employees do well in at least one area.
#6. Don’t just say “good job”. Explain what they’ve done right and why it’s so important.
#7. Thank a lot, even for the smallest help or achievement. It may seem insignificant to you but it means the world for your employees.
#8. Honour respectful behaviours at work. Set the right example for you employees and they will follow the lead.