Disengaged employees can have a negative impact on productivity, customer service, retention and profits. The good news is that this negative perception of employees towards the organization can be changed. Employees can be motivated to be inspired by their work.
Good strategies for employee engagement can be easily incorporated into the day to day operations of the organization. One of the important things that you need to remember is that if you want these strategies and initiatives to be successful, you need to tailor them to the unique needs of the employee. Engaged employees are an asset to any organization as they voluntarily contribute to business success.
How do you measure engagement levels among your employees? Most organizations make the mistake of measuring employee engagement using surveys. All that they do is ask questions about how engaged the employees are but they do not take any positive action based on the results. This can have an overall negative impact. One needs to look closely at how the organization responds to the results of the survey.
- How engagement is influenced at the management level?
- What managers do to influence the levels of engagement?
- How do employees feel about their work and the organization?
Organizations need to focus on these perspectives by measuring a broad range of factors. This can help them gain a clear picture of the engagement opportunities, risks and successes.
Develop Positive Policies
Design and develop positive policies across key management areas such as career development, communication, benefits, remuneration and rewards, flexible work environment, recruitment, induction, performance management and training and development. Get feedback from employees about the policies.
Ask employees to look at each aspect of the policy that decreases engagement or has no impact. Encourage them to contribute ideas as to how these policies can be changed to evolve higher levels of engagement. Implement the changes that have been suggested to improve employee engagement.
Interconnection between Organizations and Employees
Help employees see and understand the connection between what they do and what the organization is trying to achieve. When employees are able to clearly see this interconnection, it can help in increasing employee engagement. Organizations may gain a competitive advantage when they develop an engaged workplace.
Organizations, top management and managers must actively strive to find out the levels of engagement. This can enable them to ascertain the reasons behind lack of engagement. They can then strive to eliminate those reasons and implement strategies that can significantly improve employee engagement. PEOs provide good employee engagement tools that not just measure, but analyse the key issues and identify opportunities for change and improvement.