Employee engagement can be seen as a workplace method aimed at ensuring employees are committed to their organization’s goals, objectives and values and also encouraged to contribute to organizational success while enhancing their own sense of well-being. The Oxford Research Encyclopedia in an article tagged Psychology of Work Engagement presented by Michael P. Leiter, employee engagement would mean the configuration of vigor, dedication, and absorption that motivates exceptional work performance.
Employee engagement is used to measure the kind of loyalty that any employee has to their job or position and company culture. The importance of employee engagement cannot be overemphasized as one’s loyalty or dedication can affect the productivity and longevity of an organization.
The notion of employee engagement has grown to be generally accepted and popular in today’s workforce because companies are now beginning to understand the impact that employee engagement has on productivity of the company. To achieve a good result and hire employees who are dedicated to their jobs with unflinching loyalty to the organization, here are few things an Employer might want to consider:
- The Organisation culture and how the Employee fits in
At the point of hiring capable hands for an organization, the Employer should take into consideration if the candidate is culturally fit i.e if the prospective candidate will be able to complement the culture of the company, and this can be determined by thorough assessment during the interview process. Once an organization hires a misfit who does not fit into the organisation culture,it becomes a difficult task to micro manage such employees to fit which can cause friction in the organization.
- Communication is key
As an organization grows and expands, priority tends to change at some point, even though the goal remains the same which is profit maximization and business sustenance. This can cause the ties that bind co-workers to the job to loosen and weaken, hence various departments in the organisations start working in isolation and staff become disconnected from their colleagues. Let there be constant communication between the organization and the employee a well structured organogram to let the employees know their place and that they are not being taken for granted.
- Well-being of the Employee:
A work environment should be free from every form of toxicity which can affect the employee’s productivity at work and dedication to the job. A healthy workplace promotes employee’s mental health and performance on the job. The health of your employee should be your concern, if they are not feeling fine, let them take some day off to take care of their health, follow up with calls to see how they are doing, and if any employee is struggling with any task assigned, find out the cause and proffer solution, sometimes, the mental health of an employee tends to rub off on the job. Every employer should take note of this.
- Empower your employee
When employees are continuously micromanaged, two things happen, they either become laidback, refusing to step outside their comfort zone or they feel threatened. An employee can decide to be either of these two based on their personality. Either way, if you are going to pay people to do their job, then let them earn it and do the job. It is okay to supervise, but don’t micro manage. Note that Workers’ enthusiasm and creativity will be worn down by incessant correction and negative feedback as Workflows will become stifled by employers that are acting as roadblocks to action. The end result of this is that retention and recruitment will suffer.
The best approach will be to support and encourage them to carry out tasks assigned and work autonomously then refer back to you should they need help or more guidance.
- Recognitions and Reward
Organisations should be willingly to recognise and reward its people? Engagement surveys by the HR of an organisation can serve as a valuable tool in finding where employees stand when it comes to performance, and recognizing employees regularly can provide a general good feeling at the office, as well as motivation for other employees to improve their performance. Introducing awards is also a great way of cultivating a culture of reward and recognition.
in conclusion, employee engagement should be the focus of every Employer. An organization’s success is determined by the Employee engagement, which can be a catalyst that propels an organization to greater heights or to its knees..
Take steps today to improve the engagement of the employees in your organization. You can book a session with us at HRLeverage Africa to discuss the approach to engagement which will be tailored to suit your company. Email us at info@HRLeverageafrica.com or call +2348022155626