Understanding the concept of engagement is not as easy as judging whether they are “engaged” or “disengaged”–most employees fall somewhere within this range. Where they fall on that scale is likely to have a larger influence on your organisation ’s goals than you can ever imagine.
Employee engagement might mean the difference between an employee who simply gets by and one who consistently goes above and beyond.
The good news is that employee engagement is now easier to assess and improve than it has ever been.✅
The bad news is that it continues to be a focus, owing to the fact that many businesses still require significant assistance in developing a company culture of engaged employees.😬
Don't be concerned about the link between employee engagement and investment returns. According to a Gallup study, even in difficult economic circumstances, organisations with the most employee engagement have the best financial performance.
The challenge for anyone in a managerial position should be obvious: how can I engage my employees?🤔
To begin, keep in mind that employee engagement is not an annual "HR program" to cross off your to-do checklist. The biggest challenge is to create the right conditions for your employees to give their best efforts.
However, this is only half the story. Employee engagement should occur naturally on both sides, with not just managers, but individual employees holding themselves responsible for creating a happy work experience that improves performance.🚀
How To Kick-Start Employee Engagement In Your Workplace?
To help you with a surefire plan to increase employee engagement, whether you’re a manager or an employee, I will offer you a few knick-knacks!😉
How leaders should engage their employees:
Make your staff feel like equals in the firm and as though they have a part in the future of the organisation. Give them a sense of ownership! They're more likely to perform better.🚀
In your boss-employee relationships, be open and communicate effectively. Allow your employees to learn about what's going on in other departments and give them the opportunity to contribute ideas and suggestions.
Don't be hesitant to give them additional duties that will allow them to learn more.
Treat them with courtesy and respect, and cultivate friendly relationships with them, to understand them on a deeper level. Prove to them that you don't simply see them as workers but as a part of the tribe.
Don't just come up with a plan and then walk away. Ask your staff for feedback on a regular basis to see what's working and what isn't. You must have your finger on the pulse if you want to sustain a culture of happy and satisfied employees.😊
How employees should engage their company (and one another):
You'll feel better if you assist a peer or colleague. According to this study, helping somebody for 10 to 30 minutes per day makes you feel like you have more time, not less.
Look for a chance to learn something new within your company: Engage in a cross-functional project, acquire a new skill, or organize or attend a "lunch & learn."😍🤘
Set short- and long-term targets that you can get excited about and that offer you a sense of direction. These can be small side projects or items that are in line with your goal or vision. To make those goals more manageable, break them down into smaller parts, as demonstrated here.
At work, form strong bonds. Gallup discovered that employees who form friendships at work are more productive and engaged. 😃
Now it's your turn: how do you keep your employees engaged? And, as an individual, how do you engage yourself at work?