Employee Engagement

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By Tim Fitzpatrick 14 Aug, 2017
Employee engagement is critical for the long term, sustainable success of your business. My focus in this article is to highlight some of the most effective tactics and strategies the best companies are using to create strong employee engagement. If you want additional information on the importance of employee engagement first, I'd invite you to check out these resources:



Here are some awesome examples of what some companies are doing to create amazing employee engagement.
By Tim Fitzpatrick 18 Jul, 2017
Did you know...

  • engaged employees are 87% less likely to leave an organization than the disengaged?

  • companies with high employee engagement scores had twice the customer loyalty (repeat purchases, recommendations to friends) than companies with average employee engagement levels? 

These are just a few of the many stats out there about the correlation between employee engagement and other critical aspects of your business. Check out Kevin Kruse's article HERE for some eye opening info about employee engagement.

If you have not been focused on employee engagement in your business I'd highly recommend doing so ASAP. I'm going to review the top 5 benefits you will see in your business by doing so.
By Tim Fitzpatrick 03 Jul, 2017

The importance of ensuring your employees are happy, cannot be overemphasized; as this has a great impact on their job output. As an employer, it falls on your shoulders to monitor employee satisfaction and create programs to help boost it.

Here are seven tips to help you improve employee satisfaction now!

 

1. Provide the Opportunity for Authentic Employee Interactions

Managers are typically very busy people, that are short on time. It's not uncommon for employees to think that their manager/employer is too busy for the "small stuff".

However, employees can have outstanding ideas that can significantly impact your business for the better. The challenge is they need opportunities to speak with their managers and not feel rushed or brushed off. Designate time for your managers to have the ability to sit down with people one on one or in a group setting where employees can feel like they are truly being listened to.

Authentic interactions with employees will go a long way in making them feel heard and supported, which will translate into higher satisfaction.


2. Set Clearly Defined Goals

In order to get where you want to be, you must first establish where you want to go. Not setting goals is like driving around in your car without a set destination.

Not setting short and long-term goals for employees creates an environment where they may wander around aimlessly, doing their job, but not really sure where they are headed.  This doesn't make anyone feel great.

Employees also need to know the short and long term goals of the company.  In order to feel satisfied, it's important to know where the company is headed and what you hope to accomplish. When employees know where they are headed and where the company is headed they tend to feel more secure and motivated to perform as part of the team.


3. Implement a Wellness Program

A healthy employee population contributes to the overall growth of any company. More and more companies are realizing the huge benefits of increasing wellness with their employees...better productivity, lower health care costs, and higher employee satisfaction.

This article, 5 Hallmarks of Successful Corporate Wellness Programs , is a great read to get more in depth information.


4. Concentrate On Growth

A growing company is a dynamic and exciting place to be. Employees can't help but be invested and excited to see where the company will go.

Contrast this with a stagnant company, or worse, a shrinking company where employees might feel uneasy and insecure about the future. It's incredibly difficult for anyone to feel satisfied in an environment like this.

Employees should also have opportunities for growth themselves.  Do you offer them opportunities to learn, personally develop, and take on more responsibilities? Do employees that want to move up in your company have the opportunity to do so? If not, it's highly unlikely they will feel completely satisfied. 

Focusing on growth for the company and all the individual employees will go a long way in creating high employee satisfaction.

By Tim Fitzpatrick 20 Jun, 2017
According to Gallup , only 32% of employees in the US are engaged. This means only 32% of US employees are involved in, excited about and committed to their job and the company they work for. Ouch!

Engaged employees usually stand out because of the discretionary effort they consistently show in the roles they are given. They are the ones who will go the extra mile and work with a passion while also establishing a profound connection with the company. Having engaged employees in your business is an assurance that innovation will thrive and your business will grow.

Contrast this with employees who are actively disengaged. Disengaged employees, whether they mean to or not, damage the reputation of your company. In addition to being unhappy at work, they usually act out their unhappiness while also monopolizing their manager’s time and driving away customers. While engaged employees are innovating, creating new customers and solving problems, the actively disengaged ones are doing the exact opposite and undermining the positive efforts of others.

Disengaged employees are a potentially untapped resource that offers the largest opportunity for your business to improve profitability and performance. They are typically not difficult to spot because they are overly concerned about lunch or their next break or any other way of trying to escape work…they have “checked out.”

Most disengaged employees aren’t overtly disruptive or hostile. They do just enough to meet their job requirements and usually nothing more. Sleepwalking throughout the day is their norm. They look uninspired and unmotivated, having little to no concern when it comes to customers, profitability, productivity, safety or quality.

When an organization decides to increase employee engagement, it can be an incredibly effective strategy to increase performance, productivity and long-term growth for the company.

Great leaders and managers know the people they have working for them...who they are, their strengths, their weaknesses, and their goals. How you interact with your employees directly influences their engagement at the workplace.

Check out these 3 practical employee engagement strategies to start building an engaged workforce now.

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