Employee engagement isn’t simply the relationship between employees and the business. That’s a little basic as a concept and these days, employees, your future employees are looking for the subtleties, so here goes.
Employee engagement is a guideline that gauges respect, understanding and integrity between employers and their employees via day-to-day interactions, team building, consistent evaluation, clear communication and so on. Engaged employees promote passion, efficiency, camaraderie and happiness in the workplace. When an employee understands their role and the value they directly bring to the business every day, they become in short, an ENGAGED EMPLOYEE.
According to a 2015 Deloitte study, employee engagement is consistently a big issue for business around the globe. 87% of the study’s respondents consider engagement and culture as their top challenges. Previously employee engagement was tackled by HR and management behind closed doors. These days companies are encouraged to include employees in the decision-making process and contribute on how to improve engagement and relationships inside the business.
These days, when you search “employee engagement tips”, words like leadership, goal-orientated, trust pop up. The ‘HR Technologist’ reported employee experience, continuous learning and performance management are among the top engagement trends to focus on in 2019.
Power of the Employee
Transparency can be both a good thing and a bad thing in business. Today’s world, via modern technology, makes it easy to learn about a company’s culture and engagement. Employees are able to share their experiences, whether they are good or bad. An example of this – the website Glassdoor allows employees to anonymously review the company they work for and they, in turn, are able to share all the pros and cons of working for a particular company. Basically, employees’ now have the power to influence decision making among jobseekers. Obviously, this is well and truly evident in social media as well.
Employees post photos of their company’s social activities and then give a shutout to their employers. On the other hand, there are some employees who take the opportunity to publish frustration online, outing poor management, employee engagement and beyond.
Obviously, online platforms aren’t always the way to the absolute honest truth. But bad press travels, so internal conversations and resolutions are a powerful opportunity to ensure your best foot is put forward – whether you the employer or the employee.
It takes hard work to keep your employees not only happy but engaged in what they do. You can’t disregard the chances of bigger and better opportunities outside the company. But you can make sure that the time you engaged with that professional is productive and meaningful. You, your team and your business contributed to making that individual better, both personally and professionally.
Remember employee engagement is a two-way street, it doesn’t work one way. Employee engagement is about relationships – employees growing in the company and growing in their career. Build on these relationships and you’ll build people and your business along the way.
It’s not always easy, but it wouldn’t be worth doing if it was. Strong employee engagement results in EMPLOYEE EXCELLENCE which is a “win win” for everyone!