Increasing Employee Engagement with New Methods

by Jody Ordioni

Employee engagement can be understood as the connection of an employee with the company measured across the parameters of emotional ties, involvement, and commitment to their organization. An encouraged employee feels a greater degree of enthusiasm and dedication to their job. Higher engagement also implies greater productivity, retention rates, and performance of employees. These benefits emphasize the importance of employee engagement within the company. If care is not taken to sustain an appropriate level of engagement between the employee and the company, the consequences concerning job satisfaction can be dire. In this scenario, the company stands to suffer greatly.

Our research suggests that 13% of employees in the USA consider themselves to be ‘actively disengaged’ with their work. It was also found that companies with greater engagement had four times the earning-per-share than companies who had comparatively lower levels of employee engagement. Moreover, nearly 57% of HR employees believe that the trick to retaining productive employees lies in initiatives rooted in increasing employee engagement. A good system for employee engagement also shows the presence of a strong company culture.

A good action plan to increase engagement focuses on employee growth through education and career development. There should be employee acknowledgment initiatives and wellness programs to ensure the overall well-being of the employees. Some tips to increase employee engagement can be:

Onboarding and Training

The level of engagement of the employee is determined within the time period of the first 6 months. This window is crucial because the new recruits form interpersonal relations, get to know the vision of the company, ask questions, and raise concerns. Therefore, it is necessary to send them on the right path to facilitate their journey within your company. Welcome them with a solid onboarding program and allow them the space to ask questions freely.

Set Specific Targets

There is nothing more discouraging than realizing that your efforts are equivalent to misguided shots that miss their target. The vagueness of objectives can lead the employees to feel dissatisfied with their work. Reaching goals can help employees feel productive and help increase engagement with the company. Workers like to feel that their work has some meaning in the larger plan. Companies should set realistic goals at various levels, such as monthly, quarterly, and annually, to provide a sense of direction to the employees. Setting goals for individuals and collective goals for the department can help them see the impact of their work and their part in the company’s success.

Micromanaging Isn’t Always Successful

Restraining employees from dealing with their objectives in their own capacity not only hinder productivity, but it also reduces their morale and disengages them from their work. They feel as if they cannot responsibly handle it. To allow better engagement with the work, the employees need to see that their company is willing to trust them. This can be done by simply letting them do their job in their own ways and allowing them the freedom to experiment with new techniques as long as it produces useful results. Executives should be concerned with the larger picture and leave the nitty-gritty to the employees.

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The Bottom Line

The leaders of best companies strategically align their employee engagement efforts. They use every opportunity, communication channel, and touchpoint to reinforce and recognize the company’s commitment to employee engagement. If employees truly are the company’s best asset, then managers and leaders must care for them. Engage them and transform employees’ work experiences into a fulfilling and motivating job. This will help them bring their best to work every single day.

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