We define employee engagement using seven key elements. First is their level of connection to their organization, their work they do, their direct leader, and their coworkers. Additional factors are clear expectations, opportunities for development, and feeling like their opinions matter. Employee engagement is difficult because narrowing down the reason an employee is disengaged is difficult. Half the battle of employee engagement is figuring out why employees are disengaging so the correct intervention can be applied. Reported in this article from Gallup, just 34% of employees were engaged and 16% were actively disengaged. This is a 2% drop from the previous year. The labor shortage created by the vanishing workforce and an overabundance of job opportunities has shown that employee engagement has a significant impact on retention. With increased job opportunities it is more important than ever for employers to increase their efforts to engage employees so they can retain their workforce.
The Impact of Employee Engagement
Engaged employees feel good about the work they do, feel they can trust their direct supervisor, have a sense of connection to their organizations vision and values, they know what is expected of them, they feel connected to their coworkers, and they see a clear path of career development. Employees who are fully engaged in each of these areas will perform at a higher level and feel a connection to their organization which leads to greater retention.
How We Can Help
Strategies to Improve Employee Engagement
The first step to any good employee engagement strategy is to evaluate how employees rank their employee experience on the key factors which contribute to employee engagement. Additional factors may be competitive pay and benefits, work-life balance, and other factors more specific to your industry. Secondly, we would evaluate how well your organization communicates expectations, trains and develops their leaders, develops their teams, and operates within their vision and values. Once we evaluate the strengths and challenges in these core areas we will present an Employer of Choice plan targeting the highest impact areas and ways to partner together to increase employee engagement.
How Frontline Training Solutions Can Help
Many begin to disengage and even choose to leave their organization because of a bad manager. Inversely, great leaders create greater engagement and commitment from the people they lead (leader’s create engagement and commitment). Frontline Training Solutions leadership development training suite targets the leadership skills leaders needed to build trust, communicate more effectively, develop, motivate, and empower their people. Organizations who evaluate and develop their leaders have greater engagement from their employees. Additionally, these courses are built in an interactive way helping leaders apply the knowledge they have learned on a daily basis.
Organizational Development Consulting
We consult with organizations helping them communicate systematically, manage change, develop employee development paths, evaluate their vision, mission, and values. Organizations who give clear paths for professional development, communicate systematically, and clearly operates within their mission, vision, and values will create more engaged employees.
Creating a sense of belonging on the team, clear and open communication, drama free conversations, and feeling like their opinion matters are all factors to employee engagement. With team development strategies and experiences, we can help you create teams which drive engagement.
Job Fit Assessment
How employees feel about the work they do is a significant factor in employee engagement. Through in-depth job fit assessments employees will become more self-aware and you can be sure you are placing them in a role which fits their skills, strengths, and passions well leading to higher engagement. This and many other solutions are available through our Human Resources Consulting solutions.
Lean and Efficiency Consulting
The reality is the shortage of employees is not going to go away. The risk as an employer is to overburden the employees you have by piling on additional work. This additional work can lead to disengagement. With our lean and efficiency consulting you will find ways to lighten the load by working smarter and not harder through removing waste from your processes and systems via continuous improvement increasing job satisfaction.
Rise to the Challenge with Frontline Training Solutions
Our Supervisor Boot Camp training provides the practical tools, tips, and techniques necessary for your frontline management to thrive in the day-to-day battle of frontline leadership.