While there are various definitions of employee engagement, our definition is simple: the level of commitment team members have to their organization and how satisfied they are in their role. The most important factor in employee engagement is how teams and employees feel valued and invested in their company’s success, mission, and culture.
In terms of employee engagement strategies, effective tactics include assessing existing processes, finding gaps, collaborating with teams on creative solutions, and then implementing changes to help foster employee satisfaction.
To learn more, check out our 2021 employee engagement guide to get the rundown of things employee engagement ideas, software, surveys, and more!
Here are a few high-level examples of areas in the workplace that can boost employee engagement:
If you want morale, productivity, and culture to skyrocket, implement these employee engagement strategies for an overall culture that aligns with everyone’s values.
Before you hit the ground running with employee engagement strategies, you need to get a pulse check on people in the organization — that’s where employee engagement surveys come in. However, according to a Leadership IQ experiment, only 22% of companies were receiving “good results” from their employee engagement surveys. Let’s face it, that’s low.
In order to get those fruitful results from your surveys be sure to ask questions that address workplace issues and create a format the easy to follow. Try including:
Once you’ve compiled and analyzed the results of your employee engagement survey, you’ll be able to identify the areas where you need the most work.
In 2019, Dynamic Signal conducted a study and found that 63% of professionals wanted to quit because of how ineffective communication interfered with their ability to do their job. Now picture how frustrated they were during the pandemic. Many professionals now work from all ends of the world leaving a huge impact on employee engagement. It seems as though distributed teams have to work harder to make people feel like they’re part of the work culture and maintain synchronous and asynchronous communication.
Thankfully, we have the technology to fix that problem! Work from home collaborative tools like Google Hangouts, Zoom, and FaceTime have now made it easier for us to stay connected even when we’re miles apart. It’s important to incorporate technology that keeps the communication flowing. Along with these apps, teams can still be engaged with Slack, Teams, and email to reach major goals and deliverables.
Giving your team members a chance to ditch their desks and forge a sense of community with their peers will keep them engaged and invested in the organization. Here are a few employee engagement ideas when planning fun events:
Chances are you have people on your team that come from various backgrounds, ages, genders, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, and more. According to the 2020 Gartner Research survey, there was about a 12% boost in performance among diverse teams due to employee engagement.
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It’s important to note that people are not machines. In fact, a 2015 Harvard Business Review study found that working long hours actually backfired when it came to company success. That’s why maintaining and encouraging a work-life balance helps team members reduce stress and prevent burnout — two major factors that lead to disengaged teams. The best way to help folks maintain a balance between their personal and professional life and keep culture alive is to…
The worst thing an organization can do is neglect their team for all their work. With that being said, using a yearly review shouldn’t be the only time team members receive praise for their positive contributions to the company. To feel as though the work they do every day matters, team members need to be recognized their efforts in real-time.
When communicating positive feedback to your team members, try:
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