What does employee engagement mean to you? In today’s workplace, enterprise leaders are constantly working to measure and improve employee engagement levels throughout their organizations. Not only are disengaged employees costly, they dampen the morale of their coworkers and ultimately breed unmotivated teams. However, the frank reality is that most employees today are disengaged, and research conducted by Gallup proves it. According to the data, a mere 30 percent of employees are actually engaged at work.
The good news is that enterprises can play an active role in improving engagement levels among their employees. The first step to doing so is taking the time to measure engagement levels specific to any given organization. Here are three simple staff engagement strategies managers and executive leaders can use to get the ball rolling:
1. Conduct Surveys
Surveys are an excellent way for enterprises to gauge employee perceptions, job satisfaction and overall engagement. Given the opportunity to share their feedback anonymously, employers are more likely to receive honest answers and valuable insights. When administering surveys, companies should focus on the following themes:
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- Awareness of company goals and mission
- Overall understanding of individual value to the team
- Satisfaction with projects and assignments
- Enthusiasm regarding work and colleagues
- Interest in advancing within the enterprise
- By focusing on these themes, leaders can gain a helpful measure of how engaged their employees really are
2. Examine Productivity
Disengaged employees have a direct negative impact on team outputs, while engaged employees have the potential to inspire their coworkers and even managers. When employees are engaged in their work, their enthusiasm and dedication shines through and results are inherently better. Another important step toward measuring engagement is to examine both individual and team productivity. Leveraging goal setting software, business leaders can gain an interactive look into how certain employees are progressing toward achieving their goals, how engaged they are with those goals and what level of contribution they are making toward company-wide aspiration. These same insights apply to entire teams, and will give leaders important information about engagement levels across the organization.
3. Check In Regularly
Above all, employers must make it a priority to check in with their teams, managers and other employees on a regular basis. At BetterWorks, we think conversations and communication are the lifeline of an enterprise’s success, and it’s these exact discussions that help both measure and improve employee engagement. According to Sustainable Brands, 51 percent of employees believe annual reviews are inaccurate and 58 percent of managers think employee performance reviews are not an effective use of time. However, engaging in informed discussions and delivering consistent feedback is extremely powerful. Enterprises that take the time to have regular conversations with their employees will be in a good position to measure engagement and improve it based on employee insights.