Overview: Part of an employer's HR strategy might be keeping current employees engaged in their work so as to avoid high job turnover. Employee engagement proves indispensable to any organization that values creativity, productivity and growth. Companies with engaged employees tend to show more strength and increased profits than those with disengaged employees.
Employee engagement drives employee development, which in turn drives organizational growth. Many leading corporations have engaged their employees in a much more open dialogue regarding business goals and objectives. Such open discussions lead employees to become more invested in the workplace culture, and to appreciate how their responsibilities and duties foster the organization's growth and development.
Trends: While some managers persist in implementing stratified, controlled organizational philosophies, many supervisors have embraced open door policies. In addition, some corporations have ceded supervisory control over the assignment of a portion of their employees' tasks. For example, in some organizations, employees may have up to 20 percent of their working time to devote to any projects in which they have an interest, as long as 80 percent of their working time remains devoted to corporate assignments.
Author: Marta Moakley, JD, Legal Editor
Although 65 percent of the 600 employees surveyed by the Society for Human Resource Management said "respectful treatment of all employees at all levels" is very important for job satisfaction, only 38 percent said they are currently satisfied with the level of respect in their workplaces.
An employer may use this checklist when seeking to improve employee engagement.
This Worked Example illustrates how HR may improve employee engagement by focusing on increased communications, training and development.
This How To details the steps an employer should take to improve employee engagement within the organization.
Employment glossary definition of Actively Engaged Employee.
Employment glossary definition of Disengaged Employee.
Employment glossary definition of Actively Disengaged Employee.
XpertHR has added various resources to assist HR in improving employee engagement.
This podcast features a conversation with a leading employee performance thought leader, David Lee, about the need for managers to do a better job of understanding what motivates people. Too often, Lee says that employees are taught not to care.