Today’s workplace is unique, and undeniably different than it was even a mere decade ago. In order to adapt and navigate the many changes that have taken place within the workforce—and the people that make up that workforce— businesses should look to increase employee engagement which can improve performance, morale, retention, revenue, and productivity.
Employee engagement has proven to be one of the most important factors for success in organizations of today, and it’s an issue that many H.R. personnel and organizational leaders think about on a regular basis.
Engaged employees understand their role of being a part of a larger mission, are keenly aware of how their work helps them to grow, and fully understand the impact that they have on others, both within the organization and beyond, be it through customer service, brand representation, and so on.
Recent research on employee engagement has found that the vast majority of employees that received little or no feedback were actively disengaged. Workforce engagement increased dramatically when employees received constructive feedback along with possible solutions or ways to improve. Research has also shown that employees actually prefer feedback, and are willing to assist with a plan that allows them to increase personal productivity as well as overall organizational productivity.
The engaged employee is not one that is there merely to get to the next ‘payday.’ While salaries can certainly be a determining factor in accepting or staying at a particular job, in the long run, it is typically not a determining factor when leaving it. People want to feel their work is contributing something important towards the ‘Big Picture.’ When dissatisfaction and disengagement enter the environment, it won’t be long before employees actively begin to seek higher ground.
Engaged employees contribute to the economic health of their organization in many ways that other employees do not. Engaged employees are more likely to stay within the organization, reducing turnover and the costs associated with it. They are connected to their organization’s purpose and core values, allowing them to build stronger relationships with customers, inspiring more customers to remain loyal, which in turn, helps the company increase sales and profitability.
There are many ways to begin to review opportunities that will assist your organization in increasing employee engagement. The pattern is crystal clear: Engaged employees perform better, are happier, contribute more to the organization, and provide a better experience for the end customer and, equally important, for their colleagues.
Ready to turn up your employee engagement to a perfect 10? Contact Lane Award today to learn more about how the right employee recognition program can help.