What is Employee Engagement?
It is a workplace or organization approach designed to ensure that its employees are motivated and committed to their organization’s goals and values. It is about how the conditions are created in which the employees will offer more of their capability and potential and at the same time enhance their own sense of well-being.
According to a recent Gallup poll, over 70 percent of American workers are either actively or passively disengaged from their work. This is a troubling statistic. Not only is the human cost immense, but the U.S. economy also takes a $370 billion hit from this army of the disaffected.
The message is clear leaders have to do better at building employee buy-in and job satisfaction.
One first and simple step towards employee engagement by employers is ‘Appreciation’.
An engaged employee experiences job satisfaction is able to give full commitment to the job, he becomes completely involved and has a feeling of empowerment.
Luckily there are ways to accomplish this crucial mission. Social media and enterprise tools can help a company build a workforce that feels empowered and appreciated.
With increased access to social media, employees are given the opportunity to voice their thoughts and opinion about their organizational decisions, which makes them feel that they are part of something bigger than just their job descriptions.
Other Advantages of Employee Engagement:
With the use of social enterprise tools, employees can share ideas, mentoring or inducting new employees to the organization can be done by long-term employees. This builds internal relationships and improves the performance of both resources.
They can share their personal expression in the form of communities. All this increases employee engagement and they begin to feel they are also a part of the bigger company which ultimately improves their personal and professional life.
The next part of engagement is ‘Recognition’. Employee engagement will improve dramatically when their work is acknowledged with an appreciation. It is definitely a morale booster and performance accelerator.
If your organization needs an engaged and productive workforce, you could use the social collaborative features of products like CavinHR.
In CavinHR we have features like ‘Give a Crown’ to appreciate your employees, ‘Activity Feed’ to share company events across the organization, ‘Announcements’ to make organizational announcements, ‘Inbox’ for sending emails and ‘Directory’ to know your colleagues better.
Check it out at www.cavinhr.com and also do not forget to share with us your thoughts on ‘Employee Engagement’.