Trust and flexibility in the workplace are the key components in creating a workforce that tends to work longer hours and be more productive, according to data compiled by Red Letter Days for Business.
The survey of more than 2,000 employees highlights that flexible hours, taking regular breaks and chatting to colleagues are viewed as important for highly engaged and productive employees. 66% of highly engaged workers are allowed to work from home compared to 38% of those with low engagement.
Employees who are not engaged are less likely to be late, check their social media and be allowed to work from home. These apparent restrictions on what they can do and the subsequent feelings of a lack of trust can lead to less chance of working overtime.
Creating a highly engaged workforce
The survey points towards the fact that a flexible environment without too many restrictions can lead to a more trusting and productive workplace. Some possible ways to increase employee engagement are:
- allowing staff to work from home
- institute a flexible working time system whereby staff can come in early/late and leave early/late
- allow the use of social media and do not restrict internet access
- don’t punish people for taking breaks in order to perform personal tasks
- encourage friendly and non-work related conversations between colleagues.
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