Organizations perform at their best when they make their employees’ commitment, potential, creativity, and capability central to their business practices. Understanding and managing how people behave at work can make the difference between success and failure. When employees feel respected, involved, heard, and valued by leaders and coworkers, they work at their full potential for the organization.
Although organizations may say they feel employee engagement is important, without making a commitment to engagement, people’s talents and potential can remain untapped. But can mean big changes in an organizations’ performance and in employees’ well-being, to the benefit of organizations and society.
Engagement is strongly related to higher levels of innovation. That’s because engaged employees are able and encouraged to share their ideas and think creatively. Fifty-nine percent of engaged employees say that their job brings out their most creative ideas, compared to only 3 percent of disengaged employees.
Seeing the Benefits of Workforce Engagement
Engagement is at the heart of the relationship between the employee and the organization. Not only can engagement benefit the employer through increased staff performance, it can also positively transform the working lives of employees and even the communities they live in.
Benefits for your organization
You’ve probably heard, and likely believe, that an organization’s number-one asset is its people. So why not invest in your employees (not just financially, but emotionally) to ensure they are productive and give 100 percent every day? Successful organizations do well, in part, by being in touch with their employees, by giving them a voice, and by making sure they know their contributions are valued.
When your employees are engaged, they’re far more likely to deliver above-average performance. In addition, engaged employees are more likely to stay with the organization, be more productive, customer focused, resilient, and innovative and be star performers.
Benefits for your employees
We spend a lot of hours at work. Now imagine spending all of those hours feeling bored, unfulfilled, frustrated, and disinterested. For those hours to have no effect on the rest of your life would be impossible. Feeling so-so at work can negatively affect your mood, energy levels, and general outlook on life.
But when you spend those working hours feeling inspired, valued, and motivated, the opposite can happen. A great work life can help to inspire a great life outside of work. Engaged employees have better overall well-being than those who are disconnected with their organization. TalentMap has found that engaged employees lead longer, healthier, and happier lives than those who are disengaged.
Recent research has found that engaged employees may take fewer sick days. Disengaged employees take on average three times as many sick days per year than engaged employees do.
Benefits for society
When employees are committed and feel valued and invested in their organization’s goals, then the organization, as a whole, benefits. Successful individuals and organizations can create positive economic outcomes, happier people, and stronger communities. And successful organizations can also achieve more innovations and advancement in their respective industries, improving everyone’s quality of life.
Get your FREE copy of the go-to resource on the topic, “Employee Engagement for Dummies”, or start the engagement process at your organization by contacting Sean Fitzpatrick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-248-3417, ext. 501.
About the Author:
As President and founder of TalentMap, Sean Fitzpatrick has helped many leading public and private sector organizations maximize engagement and boost productivity through TalentMap’s integrated employee feedback system.
TalentMap offers ‘off the shelf’ and ‘custom-designed’ employee engagement solutions that foster continual improvement within your organization.
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