How Engaged Are Your Employees?

Employee Engagement Activities Team Building - Aaditas HR Advisory
  • 10th Nov, 2021

When we mention Employee Engagement, we refer to an employee's emotional connection to their workplace, team members, and work responsibilities. It is also a general understanding that Employee Engagement indicates the ability of an organization to involve, engage and inspire its employees towards its growth vision.

Employees who are engaged in the workplace; often report high job satisfaction, are less likely to switch jobs, are more productive, and devote considerable efforts.

These factors, in turn, impact the customer/client’s service as well as the success of the company, overall.

The next obvious questions are:

  • How do we know if our employees are truly engaged?
  • What are the most important factors that influence an employee’s engagement?
  • Do the engagement drivers differ from one employee to another?

The question that everyone wants to know, perhaps most importantly, is where to start?

How can you determine if your employees are truly engaged?

You interact with them - frequently. Constant communication, Continuous feedback and Care is the key!

You pay attention to every employee's suggestions and feedback, then take steps to improve their job satisfaction. The company can provide its Managers the authority to hold regular catch-ups with team members for inputs from their colleagues. Allow them the freedom to implement and lead initiatives that are unique to them and their team and which materially contribute to the organization’s success. An engagement survey can help with this.

What are the most important factors that influence employee engagement?

Managerial Relationship

"People don't leave companies; they leave bosses," as many of us have heard. While the overall employee experience goes beyond the employee's relationship with their management, it significantly influences employee engagement.

Learning and Development

Employee’s development has been at the top of the list to engage employees for a long time. Surprisingly, some of the Employee Satisfaction Surveys have revealed that employees continue to feel that they "lack" the opportunity to learn and develop.

Employees often struggle to see their growth trajectory and professional development opportunities as a long-term approach and wonder how it would benefit them.

Aaditas HR Advisory has been helping organizations to improve overall Employee Engagement by providing in-office and online activities including training initiatives to boost overall Employee Engagement. These activities are often remedial, to increase retention.

Flexibility in the workplace

An unknown jargon or unacceptable proposal that it used to be 10 years ago, Workplace Flexibility is now a tremendously powerful employee engagement initiative, especially among young employees aged 18 to 35.

Flexibility in the given role, in terms of working hours and capacity management is an excellent approach to reduce employee turnover, and there are two key ways to do it at your workplace:

  • Allow people to work remotely where possible (Introduce the 'Work from Home' policy). People can be more efficient in their personal and professional lives if they save the time, they spend commuting to work every day.
  • Allow for flexible working hours, which means that employees clock in fixed number of hours in the office, but they get the flexibility to choose their own ‘in-time’ and ‘out-time’ as long as their output is not affected and business conditions permit the same.

Remuneration and Benefits

Successful companies devise a compensation strategy that is suited to their budget, in line with the company’s goals and values, as well as based on a thorough understanding of the employment market it serves. Remuneration and Benefits is an important criteria for job consideration by an employee and hence it becomes critical in determining an employee's engagement, loyalty, performance, and view of the company.

Exploring medium/long term incentives to link compensation and employee engagement may promote increased employee retention and performance.

Organization-specific Changes

Every company has opportunities to increase employee engagement through minor modifications to existing processes; or undertaking more significant long-term initiatives.

Employee Role Satisfaction

How happy are employees in their current roles and their given responsibilities? Even if the above factors are in place, an employee will not be engaged if they are assigned a role or position that they dislike. Every employee should have a position or assigned responsibilities that they enjoy doing daily.

Because the above engagement factors vary by employee, you must understand what is important to each team member as a leader. Be supportive in implementing initiatives/strategies to increase employee engagement

Next Steps

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