Employee Engagement in the Energy Sector

It's all about company culture.

Jan 30, 2018

The oil & gas industry includes a wide range of both roles and projects performed by a diverse group of talent. Keeping your employees engaged with both coworkers and your management staff is essential. Lack of engagement increases turnover and turnover robs your company of both time and finances.

The number one way to improve employee engagement is to create a company culture that actively values every employee. Here’s some tips to get your started.

9 Ways to pro-actively demonstrate that you value your employees:

  • Treat every employee – from the lowest paid to your c-suite executives with respect and kindness. Leading by example with a servant heart wins every time.
  • Lead with integrity and courage -  communicate clearly that you expect your employees to do likewise. When they know you trust them to perform well, their morale and sense of value will increase.
  • Share your vision and goals as a company. Keep an open door between management and the rest of your employees.
  • Ensure that they understand their role and how it affects the big picture. Establish metrics for determining your employees’ on-the-job success and affirm them for reaching said requirements.
  • Provide the safety training they need to accomplish their roles and high-quality, easy-to-use PPE. Not only will it reduce incidents, knowing that you invest in their safety tells your employees that valued.
  • Provide the psychological support needed for some of the positions unique to oil and gas – long separations from home, family, and friends.
  • Communicate consistently with employees. Keep practices that make communication easy and foster a rapid exchange in both directions. Ask for input, listen to their feedback, and where appropriate, apply it. Nothing builds employee morale like seeing their ideas in action.
  • Provide opportunities for growth continuing education, and career within the ranks. Pay attention to their best skills and traits – sometimes a lateral move within the company is a better fit and pays off big for both the employee and the company.
  • Take time to express your appreciation for consistent effort and a job well-done. Say thanks in person and via written notes. Use tangible thanks when appropriate – for individuals and teams. Create a rewards program.

Employee engagement doesn’t just happen – it takes commitment and dedicated intentional practices, but the ROI is invaluable. Hiring right lays a great foundation. That’s where Lofton Energy comes into play. We’ve been serving Oil and Gas clients in the Gulf Coast region for more than 35 years. We build trusted partnerships with our clients, analyzing the peaks and valleys to anticipate the needs for supplemental staffing and helping our clients respond quickly to the ever-changing employment challenges of this unique industry. Contact us today – it’s the right choice.









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