What is Employee Engagement?
Employee engagement is the way employees feel about their jobs, are committed to an organization and voluntarily put effort into their work. Most businesses seek employees who are willing to do their best work to achieve performance goals. Engaged employees are ones who fully understand their company’s values and their role in demonstrating them.
Why is Employee Engagement Important?
Often, employee engagement is what drives performance. Organizations that have an engaged workforce are more likely to outperform their competition. Employee collaboration is a form of employee engagement. Many times, employees must work in teams or with coworkers to attend to certain tasks, which may create conflicts or be beneficial to complete the tasks.
With an engaged staff of employees, you are able to lower your risk of turnover, boost customer satisfaction and increase your company’s overall chance of success. Below are four ways to encourage employee engagement.
1. Create Company Objectives
To run any successful business, you need a business plan with short- and long-term goals and objectives to achieve. You need to involve employees in those objectives and goals to provide them with something to work toward. Once goals are reached, there is a sense of fulfillment and purpose for employees, allowing for future employee engagement.
2. Recognize Staff
Employees have their roles when they work for a company, but at the end of the day, they are people. It is important that all employees feel comfortable communicating with one another. A simple “Hello,” or “Have a good day,” is known to give employees a sense of belonging. The relationships between employers and employees are crucial to employee engagement, since employees can easily become disengaged if they feel unrecognized.
3. Encourage Employee Growth
When people accept jobs, many seek the opportunity to grow in their careers. A recent Gallup poll discovered that 87% of millennials see development as an important aspect of their jobs. That percentage is relatively high, and proves that employees want to develop their skills and improve themselves. Providing employees with new tasks prevents boredom and gives employees opportunities for growth.
4. Conduct Employee Engagement Surveys
It is important for a company to understand how employees feel about working with others, the tasks they are performing and more. Surveys allow a company to analyze data and then provide feedback or make changes to company culture, when needed. If an employee engagement survey is sent out once a year or periodically, a company will be able to alter short-term performance goals or provide incentives for employees to increase performance.
These four ways to improve employee engagement are starting points in the conversation about how increased engagement can contribute to a company’s goals. Want to see how you can improve employee engagement in your company? Click here to contact a CoreAxis specialist to give you professional insights on employee engagement in the workplace.