Are Your Employees Engaged? Why You Need to Make Employee Engagement a Top Priority

Are Your Employees Engaged? Why You Need to Make Employee Engagement a Top Priority

Did you know that only one third of employees are engaged at work according to a recent Gallop poll?  Employee engagement has been linked to decreased turnover rates and increased productivity, efficiency and profits. In a global report prepared by the U.K. government, researchers conducted a survey with over 664,000 employees from multiple industries ranging in size. Over a 12 month period, they found that companies with high employee engagement increased operating income by 19.2 percent while companies with low engagement saw revenue drop by nearly 33 percent over the same period. Gallup found that those with low engagement scores (in the bottom quartile) averaged between 30 to 50 percent higher turnover, compared against those in the top quartile of engagement. This indicates that employee engagement is critical to retaining the best and brightest employees at your organization.

Although there is no tried and true way to raise employee engagement, experts agree that you can start by doing the following:

  • Demonstrate a top-down commitment to engagement, starting with management.
  • Define what engagement looks like for your organization.
  • Prove your ability to measure and score engagement levels on an ongoing basis.

Engagement methods focus on employee needs along with providing employees with ways to see the value in their work. According to Harvard Business Review, “interactions with the beneficiaries of one’s work can be highly motivating because they heighten workers’ perceptions of the impact of their work” (seeing how they make a difference by what they do).

Here are six additional ways to better engage your workers:

  1. Share success stories to explain the impact employees have on your customers. (Purpose)
  2. Listen to employee feedback through surveys, meetings or open forums. (Assess engagement levels and changes over time)
  3. Reward employees for their hard work. (Recognition)
  4. Interact one-on-one with employees. (Care)
  5. Host social events. (Play/Connect)
  6. Encourage employees to train for additional roles and responsibilities. (Mastery/Growth)