Employee engagement is the commitment an employee has towards their employer. Since employees are key in businesses continuing success, it important to keep them engaged. There are three types of employees:
Engaged: This type of employee works with passion and feels a profound connection to the company. They drive innovation and move the organization forward.
Disengaged Employees: This type of employee is “checked out”. They’re sleepwalking through their workday, just putting in time, but not their energy or passion.
Actively Disengaged Employees: This type of employee is just unhappy at work. They’re busy acting out their unhappiness. Every day, these workers undermine what their engaged coworkers accomplish.
So how do you keep your employees engaged? Here a few ideas:
• Provide a safe, team environment free of any type of harassment.
• Keep communication open and respectful between management and employees.
• Listen and take action on any feedback provided by employees. Employees want to be heard and want to see management follow through on commitments.
• Recognize your employees with a gift card to their favorite coffee shop or lunch spot, or perhaps a free day to wear jeans or a simple verbal recognition “Thank you for your hard work, it is appreciated”.
• Partner with local non-profits to provide opportunities to volunteer. This will help in team building skills and connecting employees that may not have much interaction with each other.
Remember, employees who are engaged are more likely to be committed to succeed and are loyal to the company; which in the end will help your company’s retention.