Regardless of the size of your workforce, it’s essential that employees are performing at their peak to ensure success. A company’s culture is one of the most significant factors in employee engagement, and engaged employees are efficient employees. A recent Gallup State of the American Workplace Study found that “Only 30 percent of the U.S. workforce is engaged in their work, and the ratio of actively disengaged to engaged employees is roughly 2-to-1, meaning that the vast majority of U.S. workers (70 percent) are not reaching their full potential.”
Engaging employees is essential to retain your top talent and their abilities with so many other businesses in hiring mode. Startups are paving the way for corporate culture, and our latest whitepaper discusses how businesses of all sizes can make for meaningful changes for maximum results. By creating a culture of accountability within their organizations, startups winning the employee engagement battle.
Create Culture with Key Hires
While culture is easier to create and spread within a small, new organization, it is also dependent on whom you hire.
“We are rigorous in our recruiting,” says Jesse Kurth, Director of Client Success for Tinderbox, a 5-year-old company that specializes in online proposal management software enabling clients to generate data-driven sales documents. “Because we are still small, there’s no place to hide. There is a consequence for every person in every seat and every task they complete, or don’t complete.” Since 2009, Tinderbox has grown to a staff of 40 working.
The struggle to maintain a healthy work-life balance while commuting – which can average about an hour per day – is a big reason why many employees are actively disengaging. Giving employees the option to work remotely, have a flexible schedule, or leave early at the end of a particularly long week is thought to reduce stress levels and increase productivity.
Tips for implementing flexible work schedules:
• Make investments in technology
• Start small by scheduling pilot days for your employees to work from home
• Don’t leave anyone out
For more tips on creating a culture of accountability and increasing employee engagement, download your free copy of our whitepaper.