What is employee engagement?

Employee engagement refers to employees’ motivation and commitment to perform high-quality work and contribute to company success. Engaged employees exemplify eagerness to perform well, accomplish their tasks, and positively impact the organization.   

Why should HR leaders care about employee engagement?

Engagement is an essential ingredient for a healthy, growing, and vibrant company and often is an indicator of company success and employee satisfaction. Engaged employees tend to demonstrate:

  • Increased productivity
  • Quality work 
  • High scoring on performance reviews
  • Presenteeism
  • Resilience
  • Fulfillment from their work
  • Strong work relationships

What can HR leaders do to nurture employee engagement?

HR leaders can cultivate a work culture that encourages motivation and enthusiasm for reaching personal work goals and company objectives. Implementing the following practices and values can create fertile ground for employee engagement:

  • Consider the employee lifecycle. Every stage of the employee lifecycle impacts engagement. Creating a positive first impression during the onboarding experience is essential to inspiring employee engagement. Helping employees ease into a new job and work culture can nurture a positive employee-employer relationship and provide a strong foundation for the rest of the employment lifecycle. 
  • Encourage integrity and individuality. A culture that values honesty, empathy, employee wellbeing, and a strong work ethic helps foster employee engagement. Welcoming employees’ innovations and contributions encourage them to feel comfortable and develop their skills.  
  • Gather employee feedback. Asking the right questions can direct HR leaders to pinpoint issues in the company. HR can use employee lifecycle feedback tools, frequent surveys, and performance reviews to determine weak areas. Addressing the problems with a holistic and realistic approach is key to identifying solutions to elevate the company and enrich the employee experience. 
  • Assess the changes. Managers and HR leaders can assess the changes they implement and observe their progress through an HRIS platform and relevant metrics. Evaluating the adjustments holds leaders accountable for their decisions and enables them to learn from their successes and failures. 
  • Carefully select and mentor managers. Managers directly impact their employees’ engagement. Thus, to maintain and boost employee engagement, organizations must hire managers who can effectively lead employees, nurture their strengths, and inspire high performance. Even the best managers, however, can improve. Empowering managers with mentorship and coaching opportunities can equip them with the tools to effectively lead, unite, inspire, and guide employees.  

How does employee engagement improve company culture?

Engaged employees drive progress. When individuals show up enthused– whether they work from home or on-site– they elevate the company. They spur progress and momentum in their company through their social interactions, innovations, and high performance. This zest for improvement, development, and success is fundamental to building a thriving and vibrant community of growth-minded individuals.