It’s Time to Make Employee Engagement a Priority

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A company’s success is directly impacted by the engagement levels of their employees. Disengaged employees not only produce lower quality work, but actively disengage those around them. Get employees back on track by establishing expectations, giving and receiving regular feedback and measuring success.

Nine in ten executives rated employee engagement as “very important” to their company.

Make Expectations, Goals and the Mission Explicit

The first day of employment is critical for a new hire. Expectations, goals and the company’s mission should be made clear.

  • Only 41% of employees know their company’s goals and values.
  • Over one-half (52%) of employees indicated management’s communication of organization’s goals and strategies was “very important” to their job satisfaction.

When employees know what is expected of them from the beginning, there will be no room for confusion and top quality of work will be produced right from the start.

Empower Employees with Regular Feedback

Transparent two-way communication lowers misunderstandings and empowers employees with true accountability. Make continual feedback a priority and higher engagement will ensue.

  • 55% of employees reported that management’s recognition of employee job performance was “very important” to their job satisfaction.
  • 65% of HR professionals reported that performance management, or acknowledging employee performance was a top priority.

Regular feedback makes employees feel like a valued asset of the team and that their work is making a positive impact on the organization. Track the performance of your employees to provide developmental feedback that improves engagement.

Measure Employee Engagement

Do you know the exact level of your employee engagement? The ability to measure engagement levels is critical to the growth of productivity and future succession planning.

  • 1 in 5 executives surveyed (18%) are unaware of employee moods or engagement levels at their companies because they lack a formal measurement process.
  • Only 11% of companies have a highly inclusive work environment, and only 4% of companies believe they are very good at engaging multiple generations in the work environment.

Using surveys, interviews and data analysis, makes measuring engagement levels possible. Ask employees about the questions they want to see on surveys. That way, problem areas can be attacked and wins can be celebrated.

BirdDogHR knows that employee engagement is a priority and can help you create an employee engagement program or give you best practices to help improve a current one.

For more information on Employee engagement check out The How and Why of Employee Engagement: 6 Trends to Get You on Track.

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