Employee engagement is the degree of any employee’s attachment to their organization which has a direct influence on their willingness to perform their best in the workplace. Conversely, it could also be known as a strategy which an organization builds in order to create an environment that encourages the employees to offer more of their potential.
Employee engagement has become a keyword in the management jargon in the past few years. Every organization understands the importance of a passionate, proactive employee as opposed to one who works for work’s sake.
It’s hard to quantify, unlike say, revenues from a sale, but its effect spread across all domains of the organization, from employee satisfaction to performance, to profits.
There is a direct relationship between employee engagement, productivity and the subsequent profitability.
Meaning of Employee Engagement to an Employee
To an employee, this signifies the willingness to wake up each morning looking forward to reaching the office to contribute their ideas and efforts towards a cause they believe in. It makes them understand their roles better and also having a clear understanding of how the organization is helping them grow in return.
This absolute involvement in their jobs/goals has the direct effect on increased productivity. And an increased productivity automatically leads to increased profitability.
Meaning of Employee Engagement to an Employer
The employer, in fact, has the most important job here. He/she controls the trigger that propagates this positive environment through the workspace. The better your commitment and care are towards your employees, the lower will the attrition rate be. A better understanding and quick redressal of individual needs and grievances will mean happier employees who give their best
All in all a team effort, employee engagement is the antithesis of ‘burnout’ constructs, i.e. cynicism, exhaustion and lack of interest. It has a multidimensional approach which focuses on the betterment of the organization through the betterment of its employees, much like the oars of a boat rowing forward.
Tips for Organizing Employee Engagement Programs
This is easily one of the most basic but effective ways to garner a positive attitude from the good eggs. If an employee has done well, make sure it is appreciated, and that too immediately.
Ask for your employees’ opinions and work on them. When a person gives a feedback he/she expects immediate solutions to it. The quicker you are to address the major issues, the better it is. Surveys should thus be used wisely.
Give Them Power (in a Controlled Manner)
Give your employees the power to make autonomous decisions for their projects. While the quality and the deadline is not to be adjusted with, the flexibility and the process could be. You will be surprised at how positively it affects the outcomes.
Provide a Work/Life Balance
Probably one of the most common problems worldwide, the work-life balance needs to be maintained for a person to relax his/her brain. As an employer, you need to embrace flexibility in both the working hours and the manner of execution of work.
Replacing a valuable and well-trained employee could cost your organization a lot in terms of both resources and talent.
We at Dare2Compete understand this, and thus provide you with the best employee engagement programs customized according to your needs. We conceptualize and execute the most innovative ideas for enhanced employee engagement which are planned after a thorough understanding of your organization’s goals. Some of our most esteemed clients have been IndiGo Airlines, Deutsche Bank, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
The benefits of employee engagement done right are enormous. So if you are not sure how to go about it, hire the professionals. But never ignore the overall well being of your employees. After all, they are the cogs that make your organization tick.