Employee Engagement as a workplace priority

There is a well-established connection between high employee performance and employee engagement, with more than 80% of employers highlighting engagement as a priority. The level at which a business can engage its employees, determines a business’s internal success. Not many companies or businesses give attention to this factor or are aware of the fact that employee engagement contributes a lot towards promoting a positive attitude in the employees hence making the employees perform better. Employee engagement should be a workplace priority of all businesses, be it a small one or a large multinational corporation.

In reality, there is no agreed upon standard definition of employee engagement, rather it varies according to the type and working demands of the organization itself. In definite terms, employee engagement means “a concept that is generally viewed as managing discretionary effort, that is, when employees have choices, they will act in a way that furthers their organisation’s interests. An engaged employee is a person who is fully involved in, and enthusiastic about, his or her work.”  However, not everyone has to abide by this definition or plan their strategy of enhancing employee engagement by keeping this definition in mind, instead one can make their own changes, as desired by their organisation’s need.

The problem at hand isn’t lack of effort on the part of organisations, rather it is the fact that many leaders aren’t giving priority to employee engagement, largely because they’re not aware of the fact that how advantageous it can be for increased employee productivity in the workplace.

Employee engagement is sometimes more important than your actual customers. Listed below are some of the benefits you can acquire by increased employee engagement in your organisation.

  • Employee Satisfaction: According to some researchers, if employees are engaged well Retention of employees: Retaining good and hard working employees is extremely essential for the success of every business. Employees who are more engaged in the company, are an asset for the company, and when employees are satisfied and engaged, they are far more likely to stay with the organisation, hence lowering the risk of desertions for the company. Within the company, their job satisfaction levels increase dramatically. Those employees who are engaged within the organisation are more satisfied with it and invest more in the success of the organization by working well and staying committed to their job requirements. A satisfied employee is an asset for the company, since instead of creating problems or destroying office peace, they promote and support the company’s mission, strategy, and tactics.
  • Productivity: Employees who are more engaged with the organisation, are more likely to work extra hours or give more input or go that, “Extra mile” to make an organisation stand out and successful in its projects. As an employee becomes more involved with their workplace, their absenteeism decreases and instead, their motivation level increases resulting in increased productivity.
  • Creativity and Innovation: Engaged employees are more likely to perform better than others and take more interest in their job, which often leads to them coming up with new ideas and strategies, which in turn benefits the business involved. As engaged employees feel that they are directly involved with the organisation, they work hard to come up with innovative and creative ideas for new products and services.
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