Employee Engagement – A Business Growth Essential

Your Connection and Commitment Indicator

Jan 16, 2018

Employee engagement indicates the level of connection and commitment that employees feel to their employer and the organization.  Studies reveal that engaged employees not only attain greater job satisfaction but also attribute engagement as having a more significant impact on their well-being than even vacation time or flexible hours. In fact, find a business with a high level of employee engagement, and you will see a company with positive results in each of the following key performance metrics.

Increases in:

  • Productivity
  • Employee performance levels – in customer service as well as production
  • Product quality
  • Customer ratings and positive reviews
  • Profits

Decreases in:

  • Turnover
  • Absenteeism
  • Safety incidents

That’s eight great reasons to boost your employee engagement in 2018. But setting the goal and accomplishing it are two different things. From medical to energy to security to general staffing, here are some tips from Lofton Staffing to increase your employee engagement – starting today.

Set High Standards at the Top

When management exudes integrity, commitment, honesty, and a desire for transparent connection, employees will follow. Being fair in your interactions, acknowledge your mistakes, and treating your employees with respect lays the foundation for positive engagement.

Communicate. Communicate. Communicate

Whether it’s company newsletters, team meetings, or the occasional one-on-one; ensuring clear, consistent communication keeps everyone on the same page and results in high-level engagement. Ensure that everyone receives timely information and understands it. Communicate often and follow up on emails, memos, etc.

Remember to keep communication lines open in both directions. Be both approachable and available. Listen to your employees’ feedback. Request their input and use their ideas. Deal with issues promptly.

Empower your Employees

Begin by defining and sharing your vision. Provide each employee with a clear understanding of your expectations - explain strategies and identify their role in the big picture.  Follow up with sufficient training, tools, information, technology, and authority to do their job well. Match responsibilities with their strengths. Employees who use their best skills every day are more likely to be engaged in their work.

Acknowledgement, Appreciation, and Incentives 

Your employees are your most valuable asset. Take the time to acknowledge their value and express your appreciation - the ripple effect can be immeasurable. Provide various incentives from individual to team challenges and rewards. Goals, in general, encourage hard work. When a completed goal is recognized and rewarded, it not only demonstrates an appreciation from the top for a job well done, it also builds employee engagement.

Invest in Employee Career Development

One of the top ways to show your employees that you care is to invest in their career development. Provide challenges on the job that stretch their skills and give them opportunity to learn more. Offer on-the-job training and opportunities for advancement. Encourage continuing education by financially supporting a percentage of their expenses. Even if you aren’t in a position to help with cost, encourage employees to take courses and be flexible in scheduling to accommodate their classes.

Each of the above five keys are essential pillars to employee engagement – together they create a culture that can’t be beat when it comes to attracting and retaining the talent you need. Focus on employee engagement in 2018 and reap the results in your bottom line.

Looking for employees to engage? Consider Lofton Staffing. In addition to general staffing, we connect companies with medical, security, energy, and safety personnel. Our purpose is to provide the best service possible. To do this, we strive for perfection in every aspect. We will set high standards for ourselves. We are committed to develop, with respect to every individual, each employee to the highest level of performance.   Contact us today.

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