The Business Dictionary defines employee engagement as an “emotional connection an employee feels toward his or her employment organization, which tends to influence his or her behaviors and level of effort in work related activities.” Since a company’s most important asset is its human capital, employee engagement should be a priority for all companies. If it is not a priority for your company, it should be.
Establishing the Foundation for Employee Engagement
Studies have shown that the following items are necessary to inspire and motivate workers, and improve employee engagement:
Recognition of Your Team
After establishing the foundation for employee engagement, a vital tool to maintain employee engagement is recognition. Recognition does not need to take a lot of time, but it needs to be used regularly and consistently with all team members. The most effective way to recognize a team member is to: (i) identify the action the team member took that was worth being recognized and (ii) communicate the impact that action had on the company’s customers/clients or its workplace/productivity/profitability. Of course, there are other tools, besides recognition, which are effective and can be used to improve or maintain employee engagement. But, recognition is an effective and simple method, which has been proven to improve engagement.
Employee engagement cannot be overstated when it impacts a company in the following positive ways:
In the current job market, where the unemployment rate is low, and the competition to hire and retain the best talent is tough, employee engagement is more important than ever.
Contact Nardone Consultants
Nardone HR & Management Consulting (“Nardone Consultants”) advises and represents employers in human resources ("HR"), management, and labor and employment law matters, including the development of HR structure and systems. When evaluating and developing a company’s HR structures and systems—such as a company’s performance management system—Nardone Consultants is always mindful of employee engagement, including recognition. A performance management system facilitates and ensures consistent and regular feedback and recognition to a company's team members. If your company needs: (i) HR structures and systems, including the development of a performance evaluation system or recognition program; (ii) representation in a discrimination or harassment matter; or (ii) in-house HR and employment compliance support, contact Nardone Consultants.