10 Ways to Instantly Improve Employee Development

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This is a guest post by Laura Garber. Laura, also known as the Career Coaching Expert, works with CraftResumes and helps individuals with their resume writing.

What’s the hallmark of a successful business?

Well, from a consumer standpoint, it’s exceptional customer service. Understandably, customers have always aligned themselves with brands that value customer service.

A big part of a company’s success, therefore, can be attributed to its employees. Companies that invest in employee development and train their employees to deliver first-class customer service are likely to:

  • Gain a competitive advantage;
  • Attract and retain the best talent in the industry;
  • Realize a 24% increase in their profit margins.

Obviously, training and developing your employees gives them the necessary tools to do their jobs, but there’s a lot more to it than that.

This Process Street post will explain it all, by answering the following questions:

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Employee Engagement: How to Get a Happy, Productive Team

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Employee engagement is the key to having a productive team while also making them happy and motivated.

It’s also often thought to be a load of old rubbish that doesn’t exist.

I’m not about to defend how frequently some bandy about the term, to the point that it loses all meaning. It’s less of a hard factor that can be measured and more a collection of aspects that enhances your team.

However, considering that disengaged employees cost US companies $450-550 billion every year, it’s not something that can be ignored.

That’s why this post will show you what employee engagement is, why it matters, highlight 8 core strategies for how to improve employee engagement, and why communication is so vital.

If you want to skip ahead, you can do so using the links below:

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Workplace Culture: What It Is and How to Make Yours Better (With Examples)

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The word “culture” alone is hard enough to define.

So when it comes to “workplace culture”, those trying to pin down its exact meaning have their work cut out for them.

What makes your quest harder is that “workplace culture” has become somewhat of a buzzword in the business world, muddying the waters of its true definition and making it harder to uncover and understand.

In this post, I’m going to explain the specific what’s, why’s, and how’s of workplace culture, on top of discussing why instilling a positive, forward-thinking workplace culture is not only commendable, but critical to success. (Companies with strong workplace cultures have employees who are 12% more productive, in addition to seeing a 20% increase in sales and 21% expansion in overall profitability.)

Read through the following sections to understand workplace culture thoroughly:

Let’s dive straight in.

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What is Employee Engagement? How to Keep Your Team Happy and Motivated

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What is employee engagement?

I’d been explaining the ins-and-outs of my job to my family for a while but here I had to stop to give more detail. That’s when it hit me.

To most people, employee engagement is jargon.

They see it as an airy concept that doesn’t have a solid definition – it’s something that marketers point at to sell products and nothing more.

The reality couldn’t be further from that.

Employee engagement is a vital statistic which can show the overall health of a business at every level. If you can affect it, it can result in massive benefits such as a 67% lower employee turnover rate and 21% higher productivity.

It’s time to learn what employee engagement is, how to measure it, and what you can do about it.

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Key Takeaways from 5 Excellent Company Culture Examples

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It is by no means easy for any organization to establish a strong identity.

It takes excellent leadership from the get-go to clearly define values, goals, and objectives that stakeholders can stand by and employees feel motivated to forward with consistent high-quality performance.

This is proving increasingly challenging for businesses as there is no clear solution, no clear method to getting it right.

But it’s time serious measures were taken to do something about it.

According to research by Deloitte, culture and engagement is the most important issue companies face around the world, with 87% of organizations citing culture and engagement as one of their top challenges, and 50% call the problem “very important.”

The importance of company culture has become increasingly important over the last couple of decades, as younger generations demand a work environment that feels nurturing, encourages collaboration, and offers challenges that keep them engaged and present opportunities to make a notable impact in some way.

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5 Great Ways to Involve Your Employees in Process Design

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Finding effective ways to engage your employees in decision-making processes has become a priority for most organizations in recent years.

Why?

Because numerous research studies clearly indicate that involving your employees in how things get done improves morale, which in turn positively impacts productivity, loyalty, and pretty much everything else that enables a business to grow and stay competitive.

Really it’s just common sense. Treat your employees well, give them opportunities to contribute, and they will be more motivated to consistently produce their best work.

According to Salesforce research, employees who feel their voice is heard are 4.6 times more likely to feel empowered to perform their best work, while another study indicates that organizations with high employee engagement outperform those with low employee engagement by 202%.

It’s hard not to perk up your ears and think carefully about how much you involve your employees when such significant numbers are flying around.

In this post, I’m going to be going through 5 ways for you to involve your employees in decision-making when it comes to process design.

In other words, I’ll be looking to offer you some practical, tried and tested ideas for encouraging your employees to contribute to the design of internal business processes. This will not only offer them a channel for empowerment, but will also improve process adoption as they will be built through collaboration and teamwork. It’s a win-win situation.

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