is employee engagement? Engaged employees really care about the company. They
are willing to “give whatever it takes” to make the company the best it can be.
Engaged employees have an emotional bond to the company, which results in higher
levels of productivity, increased customer satisfaction, and decreased
absenteeism & turnover.
However, a recent study by MSW Research, Gallup, & Dale Carnegie Training shows
that only 29% of employees around the world are fully engaged. Now you can see
why this is a top challenge for senior executives!
is not just an HR situation. This is a critical business issue. The entire
company, including the “top brass”, needs to be involved, responsible, and
encouraged to make engagement the top priority in the company.
ability to engage and retain talent has an incredible affect to the company’s
bottom line. According to the Bureau of National Affairs, turnover costs
approximately 1.5 times the annual salary and costs US businesses around $11
billion annually. In addition to increased turnover costs, disengaged employees
are unproductive and drag morale down. What is this costing you?
What to do… what to do?
you want to increase employee engagement within your company, concentrate on
Business foundation – vision, values, mission,
strategy, & effective communication with all employees. Clear expectations,
quality feedback, and perception of their job’s importance are vital. Commitment
is the foundation of engagement.
Positive relationships – ensure your relationships
with your employees are strong. They must believe in your leadership abilities
and have trust that they are a valued part of the team. This is key!
Taking initiative – make sure everyone is a part of
the solution and feels empowered. Ask for their opinions and thank them for
being a part of the answer.
Career advancement opportunities – ask employees what
their career aspirations are with your company. Do they want to move up, stay
the same, try a different position, or get additional training? Help them
advance personally and professionally.
Reward engagement – whatever type of reward system
that will work best for your employees must be consistent and worthy. Incentives
for work well done go a long way to enhance engagement. Recognition programs
like employee of the month, awards dinner, summer picnic, bonuses, and / or a
write up in your company newsletter are all good ways to show your appreciation.
Learn to ask questions to invoke continuous engagement.
time to talk with employees on a regular basis. Ask questions to help you learn
what may be needed. Simple questions like:
* How are things going?
* What is working well?
* What could use improvement?
* Do you have all the tools necessary to do your job effectively?
* Are there any areas that we could be doing better?
* If you were the president, CEO, or owner, what would you do
sure you respond to their answers and thank them. If you implement one of their
suggestions make sure you recognize them with your reward system.
the above steps in your hiring process too and you will have more engaged
employees in your workplace. You need to always keep on your guard and identify
the non-engaged and take action immediately.
"There are only three measurements that tell you nearly everything you need to
know about your organization's overall performance: employee engagement,
customer satisfaction, and cash flow...It goes without saying that no company,
small or large, can win over the long run without energized employees who
believe in the mission and understand how to achieve it..." - Jack Welch, former
CEO of GE
Engagement is the attitude
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