How Does Employee Engagement Affect Your Workforce?
It’s often a discussion on how positive employee engagement is important when maintaining a happy and healthy team. The reality is that engaged employees are much more likely to be proactive and create desirable positive workplace cultures. And it’s no surprise that engaging with them could lead to an increase in revenue and profits, according to Gallup research. Engagement is important because the overall attitude of your employees will trickle down among other workers, they will strive to imitate the actions of those they respect or admire.
Employee engagement facts…
- 39% of workers would work harder if they were happy in their current role or place of work (One4all)
- 12% of businesses are happy with current levels of employee engagement (CBI)
- 13.5% of workers admit that company culture will push them to accept another job offer (Cision)
For your team, being engaged with not only their job role but company and colleagues is crucial for their overall satisfaction and experience. Employees who are engaged become more energised and efficient, and they often go beyond what’s expected of them. Naturally, this influences their own mental health at work and can positively influence those around them, such as colleagues and customers.
Such positives can also improve other factors including work culture, turnover, productivity, work and customer relationships, and profits. Moreover, employee engagement also tends to matter most at the company level as it helps leaders understand employee needs, as well as identify ways to improve morale and create better work environments.
Suggestions for additional ways to transform your company culture and create a more engaging workplace
- Brainstorm ideas with employees to identify any wins within the company
- Articulate clearly your company purpose and embed it in organisational DNA
- Develop strong two-way communication where employees’ voices can be heard
- Communicate your company roadmap and any upcoming changes with employees with clarity
- Remove obstacles to trust and transparency within the organisation
- Creating a caring culture where leaders show compassion
- Get leadership on board and create awareness for leaders on how they can inspire high levels of engagement and productivity
- Share the benefits of any upcoming changes with employees. Highlight the outcome if changes are not made.
- Use the right, enthusiastic and energising language to convey your messages of change and direction.
In order to improve employee engagement in the workplace, you have to have an actionable plan. This plan will be based on taking time to learn about your employees and what they need for their high level of engagement. Once you have a strong plan of action in place you’ll create a better and more productive workforce that will be able to connect with their company from a deeper level and this will result in better retention, lower turnover and overall performance.
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