The first and most important step in creating higher levels of engagement is to view employees as individuals, an investment to deliver great reward; rather than as an asset to be managed.
Long-term engagement begins with good communication between employer and employees as well as amongst colleagues to create a positive working environment. By working with employees to create a clear career path and set goals with a potential for growth, managers can create positive esteem within employees. By showing employees they’re valued and then recognising and rewarding them for a job well done, management can create an involved employee. It is then easier to turn that sense of involvement into enthusiasm, which develops into a sense of pride and creates the highest level of engagement.
So, if at the end of the working day your employees rush for the exits and you’re left turning out the lights, it may be time to rethink your employee engagement strategy. The impact of high employee engagement encompasses every aspect of the company culture, impacts the financial bottom line and can inspire customer loyalty. There’s a lot at stake.