How Would Your Employees Rate Their Engagement Level?

Shadows of business people are superimposed with arrows up or down as ratings of their engagement

Do you have any clue as to how your employees would assess their level of engagement in your company? Few of us do until we conduct a comprehensive employee engagement survey.

In the meantime, you should know that, according to an assessment of over 2,000 American workers from the Pew Research Center, workers are less satisfied with their jobs today than they were 20 years ago. You should care…a lot.

We have learned from our clients that companies that can boast strong levels of engagement have higher earnings per share as well as being better able to withstand and survive through economic downturns. Our research into employee engagement included surveying more than 500,000 workers across more than 5,000 organizations annually. Results showed that more than 70% of employees are NOT fully engaged in their work and have no real emotional commitment to their jobs or organization. What is the cost to US businesses? Over $270 billion dollars a year. Whereas, if you increase employee engagement, you can reap a 2-3% increase in operating margin.

So what can you do? Certainly a quality employee engagement training program would give you the context you need to begin the process of improving engagement levels. Essentially, you will need to:

  1. Improve and increase communication
    Employees should feel free to speak with each other and with management in honest, straightforward ways. Leaders need to make themselves available for questions and concerns, to listen carefully and follow through on any action they commit to. All relationships…up, down and sideways…will be improved.
  2. Be fair and show appreciation for jobs well done
    Do not single someone out for special treatment unless they have earned it and the team shares appreciation for their extraordinary effort. You need to say “thank you” in a way that they value…a simple pat on the back or a pizza break in their honor or a Monday morning off. The wrong show of special treatment, i.e., favoritism, can destroy morale and engender politicking.
  3. Provide development opportunities
    No one wants to hit a job ceiling. Make sure you continue to develop your employees’ skills in a way that takes advantage of their strengths and interests. Help your high performers create a career path that keeps them focused on their future and keeps them with the company. According to US Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, “Every year, about one-third of our workforce changes jobs, largely to take advantage of better opportunities.” Rather than feel a need to change jobs to get ahead, your top talent should feel able to advance satisfactorily in their current organization.

Employees want to have a sense of meaning in the jobs they do. After all, they spend at least 40 hours a week at work. The more they feel their time is well spent and meaningful, the higher their level of engagement. Do all you can to promote the engagement of your employees. Their commitment and loyalty will pay off in dividends and you all will enjoy a great place to work.

 

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