Gallup: Engaged Employees Boost the Bottom Line
July 23, 2014
By Ben Linton, Contributing Writer
Organizations are beginning to realize that creating a culture of engagement in the workplace is vital to harnessing the potential of its employees. Both emerging and established business leaders acknowledge that engaging employees increases productivity and commitment to organizational goals. Engaged employee are fully satisfied, absorbed in his or her own work, and are motivated to advance the organization's mission through positive action. With this information in mind, businesses are looking for new ways to generate engagement through a variety of management strategies.
According to a study by Gallup, if each organization were to double its customers, they could potentially save their countries’ economies. The study monitored employee engagement in over 140 international workplaces, seeing how it affects output and performance. They discovered that in order to optimize performance, workplaces must be transformed into environments that facilitate engagement and allow employees to thrive.
There are a number of ways to achieve a high level of employee engagement among team members and increase performance and productivity. The first relates to positive management strategies that create an enthusiastic environment for workers. Leaders should provide positive feedback to their employees when they succeed and give constructive criticism when employees fail to meet expectations. This strategy involves encouraging employees to be actively engaged in their work and organization. In the end, it can go a long way to improve employee work ethic and dedication to company goals.
Leveraging your team's strengths can also increase employee engagement. According to bizjournals.com, If you constantly tell someone what they can’t do, you’re damaging the employee’s ego, leading to disengagement and distaste for the office environment. Instead, focusing on the employee's strengths can help boost employee's confidence, making them feel appreciated and ultimately increasing their engagement and performance.
Enhancing employees’ well-being can also create a culture that centers around engagement. Gallup’s study found that engaged employees are in better health than those that are actively disengaged. In order to obtain a level of maximum productivity, organizations should make a conscious effort to enhance the well-being of all team members. Studies also show that once employees are engaged, they require less medical benefits, which actually saves businesses money for healthcare costs.
By combining and incorporating these concepts into other engagement strategies, organizations will be able to excel and maintain high levels of productivity. Each employee should feel important and believe that they have the power to accomplish tasks related to company goals. Implementing a program that provides incentives and rewards for achieving desired results will keep employees motivated and engaged. Employee engagement is an important tool for business success and should be taken seriously in every organization.