Employee Engagement 101

keyvalueHow are you going to create employee engagement within your organization? What are the main characteristics of engaged employees? What will you get if you allow your employees to be engaged? The answers to these questions can be found below. 

Definition

It is the functional and em  optional  commitment of an employee to the institution where he or she is working. Organizations that encourage employee engagement beat other companies (in several aspects ) who do not have such by 202 percent. Though the benefits of employee engagement are clear, many companies still struggle to achieve this as around 71 percent of employees report that they are not completely engaged in their company.

 

The Key Ingredients 

It is believed that employees do not leave their organizations but the people they work with. Many people claim that they are not engaged because of the people running the company. Here are the key ingredients of employee engagement. 

  1. The relationships of employees with their immediate superiors. About 80 percent of employees reported that they were dissatisfied with their direct superiors because they were not allowed to be engaged. For instance, a new policy was made without considering the opinions, insights, and experience of the employees. As a result, employees will feel they were not part of the policy-making process, which makes them feel disengaged. 

  1. The trust and belief of employees toward top management. About 70 percent of employees who do not have trust and confidence in the management are not engaged with their company. 

  1. The pride of every employee working in the organization. An estimated 54 percent of employees who are proud about working with their company are fully engaged. 

Characteristics of Engaged Employees 

If you want to spot engaged employees in your organizations, be on the lookout for these attributes. 

  • They are enthusiastic in doing their job every day. 

  • They are motivated and inspired by their leaders. 

  • They are permitted to work and accomplish their tasks the way they want to or are given enough freedom and independence, provided the expected output is delivered. 

  • They are confident that they can meet the expected outcome and reach excellence. 

Ways to Enhance the Engagement of Employees 

  • Senior leaders or top management must clearly convey the vision, mission, and core values of the company to the employees. Without these three, the employees will not know the company’s directions and the reasons they have to work hard. 

  • Senior leaders or top management must show and let the employees feel that they are key players in the organization no matter what their role is. 

  • Direct superiors must empower their employees by letting them know that they are valuable contributors to the success of the company. 

  • Employees must be encouraged to influence and openly communicate the vision, mission, and core values through their inputs. 

  • Immediate superiors must create healthy and harmonious relationships with their employees. 

  • Team leaders or managers must encourage team volunteerism as a means of giving back to the community. The companies must support the charitable institutions that their employees care about through giving volunteer grants and the like. 

Benefits of Corporate-Giving Packages 

One of the ways to enhance employee engagement is providing employee corporate-giving packages. This gesture shows that the organization cares about the community that the employees care about. Here is a list of benefits for the corporation, employees, and the charitable institution: 

  • The employees and the management will have rewarding and enjoyable team-building events. 

  • Both parties will have a chance to share the blessings to the community. 

  • The reputation of the corporation will be uplifted through positive press release. 

  • The non-profit organizations or charitable institutions will receive unending volunteer support and additional funds.