True fact: as the weather gets drearier across America, so do workers levels of engagement. How do you increase employee engagement? In fact, according to a recent Gallup poll,only 30% of workers feel engaged with their current job. And not just that: estimates show that this disengagement costs US companies close to $500 billion a year. Ouch. Yes, the economy is not in the best shape. Jobs are harder to come by than in the past. People are being overworked and or not utilized in the best ways possible. But not all performance and engagement issues can be blamed on the economy. Employee engagement is a tricky thing; it requires focus from management, to understand their culture, their strategy, their customers, and to create commitment and excitement from employees. Think of companies like SouthWest Airlines — with an emphasis on employee engagement and culture, they’ve managed to brand themselves in a way that is win/win for both their employees and their customers. Yes we all know of the big guys and the greats in employee engagement; however employee engagement is something that a business of any size can achieve. It just takes dedication from management and a focus on maximizing people –> performance –> profit™. The workforce isn’t full of sad sacks; most employees have the potential to be highly engaged, and thus work at a more productive rate. So let’s take a look at 5 ways that businesses can work to increase employee engagement:
There is a definite misconception that just benefits and perks are the key to employee engagement. While they certainly can’t hurt, an employee with an incredible benefit package and great perks can be just as disengaged as one without those perks. It’s more important to take the time to get to know your direct employees and focus on their general well-being and job satisfaction; it’s an approach that will certainly help impact your long term rate of employee engagement and performance! About Scott Span, MSOD: is CEO & Lead Consultant of Tolero Solutions - an Organizational Improvement & Strategy firm. He helps clients in facilitating sustainable growth by connecting and maximizing people –> performance –> profit™, creating organizations that are more responsive, productive and profitable. Email | Website | LinkedIn | Twitter | Blog | Facebook ______________________________________________________________ *All Rights Reserved. Reproduction, publication, and all other use of any and all of this content is prohibited without authorized consent of Tolero Solutions and the author.