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Employee Engagement: Talking About It Isn’t Enough

The importance of employee engagement is something that is coming up more in the work place.
What exactly is Employee Engagement and why is it so important. Employee engagement is the emotional commitment an employee has to the organization and its goals.
Why is it important? Businesses with more engaged employees perform better.
So how do you make sure your employees are engaged?

RECOGNIZE AND REWARD YOUR EMPLOYEES

When a manager recognizes and rewards work well done, it simultaneously builds and maintains healthy employee/manager relationships and greatly impacts bottom-line performance. Organizations who actively recognize their employees see a 6% higher net profit margin over companies who don’t.

Make sure that you are rewarding the right things at the right time in the right ways. For example, rewarding an employee when they meet and exceed expectations as soon as they complete their task is key. Don’t wait for a time when it might have a larger audience. Give them the recognition right then and there. Waiting for a companywide meeting distances the recognition and reward from the actual task. Also, only handing out rewards and recognition once or twice a year is too little too late. It should be done year round. 43% of engaged employees receive feedback at least once a week compared to only 18% of employees with low engagement.

SEE YOUR EMPLOYEES AS PEOPLE NOT AS A NUMBER

Feeling valued, confident, inspired, enthused and empowered are the key emotions that lead to employee engagement. These emotions can’t be fostered unless you build strong relationships with your employees and by seeing them as human beings.

Actively engaged employees are fully aware and secure in the knowledge that their managers really know them and care about them as human beings. Employees thrive when managers really understand and connect with them through the lenses of their personal values, goals and passions.

TAKE A GENUINE INTEREST IN EMPLOYEE WELL-BEING

The bottom line: A healthier happier employee is a more productive and engaged employee who sticks around for years and rarely misses work.

Heightened employee well-being directly translates into increased employee engagement and performance. The world’s leading organizations are growing and sustaining employee well-being through integrated work-life balance and innovative employee assistance programs.

These wellness and support initiatives provide everything from personal money management to professional counseling with relationship, parenting and stress management experts. They also provide employees with flex time planning and work from home options towards maximizing work life balance in an ever increasing world of stress and responsibility.

INCREASE EMPLOYEE INVOLVEMENT

Only 27% of employees feel they are involved in the important decisions made by their organizations. Yet the bottom line is that increased employee involvement = increased employee engagement.

Employees are more likely to buy into and feel a motivation-enhancing sense of ownership for goals when they play a major role in creating them versus feeling that they are simply executing someone else’s vision. In short, it evokes a sense of ownership and shareholder stake in the success of the business