Employee engagement is a workplace approach resulting in the right conditions for all members of an organization to give of their best each day, committed to their organization’s goals and values, motivated to contribute to organizational success, with an enhanced sense of their own well-being. Make Your Workplace a Wellness Place. When you connect employees to wellness, you can find and keep the best talent, and workers can stay on track to reach their long-term goals. That means having employees who are less stressed and more productive.

Why is employee engagement important?

 

Employee engagement is based on trust, integrity, two-way commitment, and communication between an organization and its members. It is an approach that increases the chances of business success, contributing to organizational and individual performance, productivity and well-being. It can be measured. It varies from poor to great. It can be nurtured and dramatically increased; it can be lost and thrown away. Employee engagement goes beyond activities, games, and events. Employee engagement drives performance. Engaged employees look at the whole of the company and understand their purpose, where, and how they fit in. This leads to better decision-making. Organizations with an engaged workforce outperform their competition. They have a higher earning per share (EPS) and recover more quickly after recessions and financial setbacks. Engagement is a key differentiator when it comes to growth and innovation. To better understand the needs of your organization, administering an employee engagement survey is key. This is not the same as a satisfaction survey.

Moreover, the expectations of employees have changed. Mobile professional careers are much more common than “job for lifers”. Retention of top talent is more difficult than before. A company that has an effective employee engagement strategy and a highly engaged workforce is more likely to retain top performers as well as attract new talent. Successful organizations are value-driven with employee-centric cultures.

Employee engagement is a workplace approach resulting in the right conditions for all members of an organization to give of their best each day, committed to their organization’s goals and values, motivated to contribute to organizational success, with an enhanced sense of their own well-being.

What’s employee engagement for you and me as employees?

 

Employee engagement is getting up in the morning thinking, “Great, I’m going to work. I know what I’m going to do today. I’ve got some great ideas about how to do it really well. I’m looking forward to seeing the team and helping them work well today”.

Employee engagement is about understanding one’s role in an organization, and being sighted and energized on where it fits in the organization’s purpose and objectives.

Employee engagement is about positive attitudes and behaviors leading to improved business outcomes, in a way that they trigger and reinforce one another.

Employee engagement is about drawing on our employees’ knowledge and ideas to improve our products and services and be innovative about how we work.

Employee engagement is about drawing out a deeper commitment from our employees so some leave, sick absence reduces, accident rates decline, conflicts and grievances go down, productivity increases.

Employee engagement is about our employees feeling pride and loyalty working for our organization, being a great advocate of the organization to our clients, users, and customers, going the extra mile to finish a piece of work.

Employee engagement is about having a clear understanding of how an organization is fulfilling its purpose and objectives, how it is changing to fulfill those better, and being given a voice in its journey to offer ideas and express views that are taken account of as decisions are made.

Engaged organizations have strong and authentic values, with clear evidence of trust and fairness based on mutual respect, where two-way promises and commitments – between employers and employees – are understood and fulfilled. 

In conclusion, employee engagement cannot be achieved by a mechanistic approach which tries to extract discretionary effort by manipulating employees’ commitment and emotions. Employees see through such attempts very quickly and can become cynical and disillusioned.

Employee engagement is an outcome, one that is affected by the actions of an organization, particularly the actions driven by leadership, managers, and people teams. Using an employee engagement survey is the best way to measure employee engagement and find areas to take action for improvement.

Najmeh Sadeghi

Najmeh Sadeghi

Marketing Manager Tneed

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