Employee engagement: why it matters and how to fix it
Employee engagement is a HR and recruitment subject that attracts an enormous amount of buzz. As a result, it is a subject rife with confusion, misinterpretation and speculation.
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Engaged organisations have strong, authentic values, with clear evidence of trust and fairness, based on mutual respect.
There are a number of benefits for both employees and employers to being engaged. But it’s not something that can be imposed, it needs to be developed and requires constant nurturing.
To achieve high employee engagement, it’s important to properly define the term, as well as how you can measure it within the workplace.
What does employee engagement mean?
Motivational and engagement speaker David MacLeod describes employee engagement as ‘a workplace approach designed to ensure employees are committed to their organisation’s goals and values, motivated to contribute to organisational success and are able at the same time to enhance their own sense of well-being’.
Why does engagement matter?
Research convincingly suggests employee engagement is vital for business success and employee’s job satisfaction. It benefits both business and employees.
This is just a single illustration that proves the positive impact of employee engagement — our guide demonstrates many more positive benefits to businesses and employers alike.
- Is once a year enough?
- Do you ask everyone?
- Do you give feedback
- Do you offer incentives?
Our guide, available for free download, will help you gain a clearer understanding of the level of employee engagement within your business.
How to increase employee engagement
HR can lead the charge to create an effective employee engagement strategy, but it needs to be embraced by the entire organisation.
Team leaders and line managers have a vital role to motivate and inspire those they manage, to set direction for the team and provide a working environment which enables people to work productively together.
Research by leadership development experts Dr. Brad Shuck and Maryanne Honeycutt-Elliott shows ‘higher levels of engagement comes from employees who work for a compassionate leader’.
Having pooled the research, we have clarified the most proven and effective ways of getting your employees engaged. By downloading our guide, you will gain a clear understanding of this often confusing but influential issue, as well as how to improve employee engagement.
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