Employee Engagement is one of the biggest challenges facing organizations today. Getting your employees excited about the work they are doing and the organization they are a part of is crucial to maximizing their productivity. Sparking passion in each of your employees will show tremendous organizational results.[i] According to many studies, employee engagement is one of the key drivers of performance within an organization. Forbes states that poor employee engagement costs the United States up to $550 billion per year.[ii] Additionally, other research confirms that only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at their job.[iii] For this reason, it is imperative to ensure your employees are engaged.
By investing in your employees, you will encourage them to want to invest themselves in the organization. Here are some of the best ways to improve your employee engagement:
One of the best ways to set your employees up for success within your organization is through training.[iv] By equipping them with the skills necessary to do their job well, employees will feel more empowered in their position. Training and professional development not only benefit an employee at work, they also show that you care about their development as a whole.
Give Your Team Members Meaningful Work
Another great way to engage your employees in the organization and get them excited about their individual position. Employees feel much more valued when they feel as though the work they are doing has meaning.[v] It is easy to assume that employees place monetary value on the work they are doing. However, it is important to note that this is not always the case. In fact, most good employees want to know that their work is contributing to the bigger picture of the organization. They want to know that they are making a difference. Everyone wants their work to have an impact, and in order to engage your employees, they must feel valued.
Check in with Your Employees
The final tip for improving employee engagement is to have frequent check-ins.[vi] Have managers set up weekly or monthly check-ins with the members of their team to see how they’re doing, challenges they are facing, and to find ways they could do their job more efficiently. Also, provide feedback so that employees are able to adjust accordingly.
Employee engagement is often overlooked in many organizations. However, engaged employees statistically perform better. Do not skip over engaging your employees, the benefits will show!