It has long been known that engaged team members are more committed,
motivated, and productive, which can translate into higher client satisfaction and
increased profitability. As a business owner or professional in an organization, how
do you tackle the topic of engagement? Key areas of consideration include:
Understanding the Drivers of Employee Engagement Competitive compensation and benefits, meaningful work and a sense of purpose, supportive work environment, positive relationships with coworkers, opportunities for career growth and development, and a trust and confidence in senior leaders are areas that rank high in terms of engaging employees.
Creating a Culture of Engagement Creating a culture of engagement exists in every aspect of an organization and must be a part of the organization’s mission, vision and values. In order to develop a successful employee engagement plan, it’s important to realize that it is not just about the perks and benefits but also about fostering employee development and ensuring their voices are heard. Setting up a regular employee survey or focus group as an opportunity to contribute to decision-making and problem-solving processes is something that most businesses are now enacting. This is very important as it offers employees the feeling that they are needed and a part of the “whole picture”.
Providing Opportunities for Growth and Development Providing growth and development to give employees instills a sense of purpose by offering training and development programs, mentoring, coaching and career paths. An employee is 94% more likely to stay at a company with a culture that fits for the employee and if that organization offers development opportunities.
Flexible Work Arrangements Organizations offering flexible arrangements such as: remote work options, flexible schedules, job sharing and allowing employees to work in a way that suits their needs spiked since the pandemic. This contributes greatly to a work-life balance and motivated employees’ productivity.
Employee Recognition and Performance Another way to empower employees is providing recognition. By rewarding an employee’s work, you are also helping to foster a culture of engagement which encourages high level of performance for your organization.
By utilizing the key factors identified, you will be keeping current with
retaining employees, motivating them to produce, and achieve the success
you seek in your organization.