How to Jump Start Employee Engagement

Joseph Stubblebine
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Employee engagement is an important business strategy that needs to be considered if there is a lack of employee motivation and if productivity is low. Making the employees engaged results in a more successful relationship, it creates a more positive environment and it produces higher employee motivation. Successful companies are aware that happy employees are more loyal and show higher dedication to the success of the company.

Employee disengagement can happen for many reasons. It's important for companies to keep the communication open in order to be aware what the employees are experiencing and to listen to their concerns. Some issues that could reduce employee motivation are strict deadlines, pressure, negative environment, exaggerated competition, communication issues with the management and others. All of these issues can cause an employee to consider other work opportunities, leading to extra costs for the company. Any issue that creates a negative work environment should be dealt with accordingly because it reduces employee motivation, which directly affects productivity. Low morale causes employees to work longer hours and achieve fewer, causing the company to spend even more money.

If an employer strives to have happy employees and wants to increase employee motivation, it needs to consider the following suggestions. First, employees must feel appreciated and praised publicly; using newsletters or social media outlets is a good way to recognize employees' motivation and effort.

Second, a company should create a positive and a friendly environment that makes the employees feel like they belong to a family. This can be achieved by organizing company social events, encouraging community involvement and giving independence to the employees. Once the employees feel positive about their position in the company, they will also feel motivated to work better. Employee motivation is probably one of the most important elements that employers need to consider when trying to engage the employees because it is the motivation that drives the employees towards higher productivity.

Third, employers should encourage healthy competition with leadership boards and incentives. This type of approach makes achieving the goals more interesting and it gives employees an idea of their productivity. All three of these strategies can be achieved in collaboration with the employees, so they feel like a part of the decision process. Being a part of the decision process can also be used as a strategy for employee engagement because it demonstrates that their point of view is appreciated and considered.

Employee engagement is a crucial element of a business' success. It's important that the employees are satisfied, motivated and appreciated by the employer. Employers should have open communication with their employees, listen to their concerns and act on them. Creating happy employees and increasing employee motivation definitely costs less than hiring new employees.

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