Employee engagement is an issue with most companies. There are many employees who are more than willing to go through the motions rather than put forth maximum effort. But just how disengaged are workers?
According to Gallup Research, 70 percent of U.S. workers were either not engaged or were actively disengaged at work. This number is staggeringly high and, if true, it can have a major impact on your organization’s efficiency.
Why is employee engagement so important? An engaged workforce is a productive one, and a productive workforce can yield increased profitability, increase customer satisfaction, and create an environment where fewer employees are looking to leave, reducing turnover rates. So, it’s important to work on improving employee engagement for the overall health of your organization.
4 WAYS TO IMPROVE EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT
We all know that we need to work on creating a more engaged workforce, but the real question is how to do it. Which areas should you focus on? Which areas need the most attention? Here are some key ways to improve employee engagement and have a more focused and productive workforce:
1. HIRE FOR CHARACTER, TEACH SKILLS:
While education, skills, and experience are impressive, competence can be taught. You can’t teach character, and if you have a team with the right character, you’ll have a team that will get the job done.
2. LEAD BY EXAMPLE:
Company leadership needs to walk the walk if they expect their employees to do the same. As a CEO, VP, or manager, it is your job to set the expectation and demonstrate desired behaviors. “In companies where leaders model the desired behavior, employees are 55 percent more engaged, 53 percent more focused and more likely to stay at the company,” says Tim Eisenhauer, on Entrepreneur.
3. A SIMPLE THANK YOU:
Saying these two words can have a much bigger impact than most people realize. Recognizing your employees for the hard work they do with a simple thank you and communicating how gracious you are for their efforts will fuel them to remain engaged.
4. BE AUTHENTIC:
No one likes fake people, especially fake people in management positions. When communicating with your team, just be yourself. “A study by Blessings White found that managers who showed their human side were rated 59 points higher on critical skills among employees,” adds Eisenhauer.
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Felicia is the manager of human capital solutions at AugmentHR. With over six years of recruitment experience coupled with multi-faceted HR roles, Felicia is an expert in matching people with the right role and environment. She has worked in many different industries, including investment banking, HR consulting firms, medical, and commercial. Understanding people is one of her strengths, and she has recruited at every level, from directors, project managers, and engineers to operators and general labourers. Her ability to network and develop relationships has been a key tool to her success. With approximately two years of experience managing people and creating a positive work environment, Felicia’s diverse skill set makes her a well-rounded individual. Her business education and background help her identify different business needs and human capital solutions.