Quick Guide to Employee Engagement
Being an employee yourself, there will be days where you occasionally feel disconnected from work. You feel unmotivated to show up to work, let alone do the work. If you had it your way, you would’ve pressed snoozed on the alarm clock until noon. Not even your pay is enough to get you out of bed. What is enough to have you feeling like the type of person to mow the lawn at 7am is high engagement. A common misconception that many managers still use today to spark employee engagement is leveraging with the typical carrot on the stick. Despite money buying you your way of living, it can’t buy you happiness – as with the popular saying being “money can’t buy you happiness”. Managers need to understand the truth behind employee engagement and how its implementation in their existing workplace evokes happiness. With happiness, you feel invincible and inclined to do whatever is needed of you – in this instance, your work.
What is really, Employee Engagement and why do we need it?
Having already laid out the news that employee engagement is not about motivating your staff with a carrot, the truth is it’s actually about creating an emotional commitment. When you create this emotional commitment within your employees, they begin to care. They will care about the work they do and understand their value to the organisation. In saying so, you see your employees constantly show up to work and perform at the level you know they’re capable of doing so.
Providing a portal to happiness is not the only way to create this emotional commitment within your employees. You need to be able to foster an environment comfortable enough for trust to happen. This trust is a two way street, between you and your employee. When that does happen, you’ll begin to notice their willingness to open up to you about almost anything. With them being open, you can identify the problems and loopholes to their productivity and devise a solution to fix it. Having this capability to re-energise productivity, you see goals and objectives being met and position your business in line for continual success.
Stimulating productivity is one of the few reasons why employee engagement in the workplace is needed. Others can include:
- Creates effective communication
- Attracts the right potential candidates
- Allows you to re-delegate roles and tasks
How do we create engagement?
Apart from building a circle of trust to create a place of comfort, communication and happiness, you need to understand how to do just that. It’ll involve you opting in the new role of “mentor” and proposing activities that allow your employee’s end to do more of the talking. Such activities can include asking a series of questions in a one-on-one workshop for instance.
As we have a sound understanding of employee engagement being a psychologically important aspect to the workplace, we can further enhance it. To enhance our knowledge on importance of engagement to transform it into an acute understanding, download “Your Guide to a 5-Star Workplace”.