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Why having engaged employees is important

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As your business grows, you'll find yourself juggling more, which often leads to losing touch with your employees. You might notice that productivity is dipping and staff turnover is increasing. It's at this point that you need to stop and check the pulse of your company: your employees.  

In this blog, we explain why engaged employees are beneficial to a business and how payroll software has the potential to strengthen (or damage) that engagement.


What does an engaged employee look like, and how do they behave?

Firstly, it's important to define what an engaged employee is. To understand this, we have to look at an employee's emotional commitment to an organisation and its goals. Engaged employees care about their work and the company. For them, it's not just about the pay or a promotion, they're truly passionate about what the company stands for and they’re  are constantly acting on the company's best interests. Research shows that an engaged workforce also tends to be more productive and willing to put in discretionary effort. They're more likely to stay longer helping reduce the high cost of churn.

Click here to learn how you can improve employee engagement through efficient payroll software with our new eBook. 

How can day to day processes help or hurt people's their engagement in their work?

It's obvious that this level of commitment can serve an organisation well, but how can companies achieve high levels of employee engagement? By starting with the basics. 

Companies should ensure that employees have sufficient resources to be able to do their job, and they need to know what is expected of them. Other issues that may frustrate engagement can include poor pay, more criticism than praise, lack of opportunities, being treated as a number instead  of a person and poor processes.

Once the basics are met, companies can work towards achieving the next level of engagement. This is attained when employees can see that management really, truly cares about their performance and well-being and encourages their development. When employees feel that company goals are important and that their contribution is valued, the highest level of engagement will be reached.

 Click here to learn more about how payroll software can improve employee engagement. 

How can efficient payroll software improve employees’ engagement?

Trust is a major factor - employees must trust their employer. One of the easiest ways to maintain this trust is simply by paying salaries correctly and on time. An efficient payroll software has the potential to contribute towards improving your employees’ engagement and their resulting productivity tenfold. But, if done incorrectly, it has the power to undermine all your engagement efforts. Late or incorrect salary payments can cause great inconvenience and frustration for staff so it's understandable that employees won't be willing to do their best work. 

It's also important to keep complexity at arms length when it comes to payslips. Complex payroll calculations are often not understood by employees. The absence of transparency and clarity around these calculations can reduce trust, resulting in many queries between employees and either the payroll team or their line manager over calculations. 

To avoid this, consider well-designed smartphone apps and employee portals which provide a simple high-level view of an employee’s pay. These often enable employees to find and understand their pay information easily. 

There's no doubt that a modern, well designed payroll system and processes can contribute significantly towards your company's staff engagement. Ensure that you not only employ the services of a vendor that offers innovative features of modern payroll systems, but who also understands the importance of employee engagement. 

For more information on how to do this, download our eBook 'Improving staff engagement with Payroll Software' and contact our team for more information.

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