Employee Engagement – what is it and how to improve it?

Employee engagement is crucial to the success of your business but what is it and how can you improve it?

Employee engagement is about the level of commitment and connection an employee has to an organization and how closely the goals and vision of an employee are aligned with the company’s goals and vision. High engagement levels are key to retaining high performing talent and in growing your business.

What drives Employee Engagement? Employee engagement is linked to both the leadership and management of the organization.

Leaders have a significant impact on engagement when the company:

  • Has a clear direction and communicates the strategy and goals at all levels.
  • Recognizes and rewards high performance based on results.
  • Is committed to employee well-being.
  • Focuses on career growth and development.

Effective management has a direct impact on employee engagement.

Employee engagement soars when employees experience a positive relationship with their direct supervisor or manager and when employees:

  • Are given the necessary tools to do the job well.
  • Feel they have authority necessary to accomplish their job well.
  • Have the autonomy to make work decisions.
  • Innovation is recognized and rewarded.

How to improve Employee Engagement?

There are numerous ways to improve employee engagement as part of your day to day practices including:

Talent Acquisition: select intrinsically motivated candidates – those that see work as challenging and rewarding.

Onboarding New Hires: develop a solid onboarding plan that supports new hires during their first 90 days and sets them up for success.

Performance Management: develop challenging but achievable goals that contribute to the overall company strategic plan.

Recognition: develop recognition programs that reward employees who view their role broadly (hint – not just the superstar salesperson – include the team that supports sales too)!

Development: Offer skill development training to increase job performance and satisfaction.

Strategic Compensation and Rewards: develop a performance based rewards program to incentivize the behaviors you want to encourage

BlueFire HR can develop custom Employee Engagement programs and strategies designed to meet your business needs. Reach out today and see how we can help! For more information, please contact us at hr@bluefirehr.com, 773-793-1362 or at 888-892-9597.


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