Employee engagement is a workplace approach resulting in the right conditions for all members of an organisation to give of their best each day, committed to their organisation’s goals and values, motivated to contribute to organisational success, with an enhanced sense of their own well-being.
If an employee is disengaged, then this leads to poor work ethic and overall attitude towards each task undertaken. Employee engagement starts at the beginning of the recruitment process, sourcing the right candidate who is passionate about the cause and their work. If this is lacking from the start, then it will be increasingly difficult to boost this later down the line.
Before we continue, we need to clarify the different between employee engagement and employee satisfaction. Employee engagement is the extent to which employees feel passionate about their jobs, are committed to the organisation, and put discretionary effort into their work. Employee satisfaction only indicates how happy or content your employees are.
What is the purpose of an employee engagement survey?
If you want to find out how to increase employee engagement, the best source is your employees. Measuring the key drivers of engagement within your organisation will allow you to assess whether your employees are engaged or disengaged. While there are no standard drivers of engagement, some common factors are progression, recognition, salary & benefits, job role, training & development opportunities, leadership, work environment, etc to name a few.
Let your employees have their say
By providing your employees with an outlet to voice their own opinions, will inturn make them feel valued. It is an opportunity to establish two-way communication and involve employees in the development process by giving them a direct voice to the management team. Each employee is an individual and will require different things in order to be engaged.
Increase Employee Engagement
Once you’ve discovered how engaged your employees are, you can then create an action plan to increase employee engagement. The information received from the survey will allow you to identify strengths and opportunities for improving engagement in your business. You can develop a company-wide engagement plan or focus directly on action areas for department. After you’ve identified the changes to apply, you can set priorities, determine resources and create an implementation schedule.
Once your employees feel engaged they will:
- Collaborate on ideas to improve business processes and outcomes
- Feel empowered to come up with innovative solutions
- Are boosted with positive energy, which makes them more productive
Do you conduct employee engagement surveys? If yes, why? How do you use the feedback that is collected? Let us know. We’d like to hear from you!