Though some organizations have recognized the importance of employee engagement, there are still a lot of shortcomings that have to be overcome. Just measuring engagement is not enough to improve it.
Most companies are making a big mistake of only measuring engagement instead on focusing on improving it. These companies fail to make the necessary changes that can lead to an engaged workplace. The cost of employing disengaged employees often reflects on productivity and profits.
Research conducted by Gallup has proved that organizations with high levels of employee engagement report 22% higher productivity. In addition to this, strong employee engagement can provide a number of positive outcomes for the employees and customers.
- Highly engaged organizations have double the rate of success than those that are lowly engaged.
- Engaged employees see the connection between day-to-day work and the larger mission of the organization.
- The employees are attentive and vigilant.
- Lower absenteeism and turnover
- Improvement in quality of work and health
- Few safety incidents
When employees feel connected to organizations, they are more involved and productive. Here are a few easy steps you can follow to improve employee engagement.
Organizations should make an effort to get to know their employees. They should know what is important for the employee and how they can help achieve it. Employees with strong relationships with other team members are likely to stay engaged and perform best under stress.
Provide tools and resources to employees, so that they are able to do their job in the best possible way. Guide them so that they can make the right decisions.
Listen to what the employee wants to share with you. This opens the door to receive and give feedback to companies. Companies that encourage the culture of listening to their employees may become aware of any issues that exist at the workplace. Identifying problems can help in finding solutions.
Feedback and Rewards
Give consistent feedback so that employees are aware of their performance. The feedback can enable them to improve their work. Reward those who have excelled at work so that they are motivated to work better.
Organizations need to understand that the workplace will keep changing over the years and strategies that were successful in improving employee engagement may have to be tweaked or changed for better results. Companies need to persevere and keep in touch with the changing workplace so that they are able to achieve their business objectives.
Creating a culture of engagement requires time and effort. PEO enables companies to take a closer look at critical engagement elements. This can help in aligning it with performance and the HR strategy of the organization. When employees start feeling they are important for the organization they start contributing more and this can result in increased productivity.