Easy Ways to Increase Employee Engagement

Employee engagement can feel like a rare mythical creature in some companies. But the importance of having engaged employees can’t be denied. Engaged employees concentrate better on their work, resulting in fewer errors and increased efficiency. Engaged employees have higher morale which can positively impact the office environment and customer relations. Engaged employees also have more company loyalty, decreasing your turnover rates. All of this can translate into a positive impact on your bottom line. Companies with higher employee engagement experience revenue growth at a rate 2.5 times higher than those with lower engagement.1

Unfortunately, Gallup research has found that the majority of workers (70% in the U.S.) were either not engaged or were actively disengaged.2 Many barriers stand in the way of employee engagement. A lack of development or professional advancement can leave workers with a feeling of being stalled within your company. Lack of challenging work on a daily basis can lead to boredom and a tendency to “zone out” during work. Perhaps one of the biggest challenges to employee engagement is burnout—a mental and physical exhaustion stemming from overwork.

You need to overcome the barriers holding your company back from having truly engaged employees. This is a matter of knowing how and taking action. While there is no exact science to engaging employees, there are some basic things you can do right now.
Management
Employee engagement starts from the top down. If C-level executives and managers are not engaged, then lower employees won’t be either. Managers need to model the behavior they wish to see from their employees. This includes being on time, interacting with workers, and showing a positive attitude. Companies whose managers modeled this behavior reported 55% more engagement.3
Office Culture
Along with good behavior from management, companies need to set up a work environment that inspires engagement. From the morale of individuals to the daily atmosphere in the office, putting together a company culture of engagement requires positivity and encouragement. This also includes a culture of transparency. When workers are directly involved and kept apprised of how the company is doing, they engage better to work toward success.
Recognition
If your employees come to work each day, complete their duties, and then leave without any recognition for their work, they may begin to feel like a neglected cog in a big machine. Lack of engagement is directly tied to employee recognition and gratitude. When employees know that their work is contributing to the company goals, they are more likely to work harder and focus more. This increases engagement, productivity, and your company revenue.
Company Activities
Getting employees engaged in your company is easy when you hold engaging company events. This could be anything from a guest speaker to check-in time with managers to fun team-bonding events to volunteering as a group. Just make sure these events don’t take away from your employees’ family time to help them maintain a good work/life balance.
Perks & Benefits
Another way to engage employees is to offer unique perks and benefits that can directly impact their engagement. Employees want to be supported in their work goals and their personal goals. Professional development and continuing education show you care about the growth of your employees. Travel benefits like Taab help employees plan and save for vacation so they can avoid burnout and stay engaged.

An engaged workforce has a direct impact on your company. Workers who are engaged will have higher productivity, provide better customer service, and be happier than non-engaged or disgruntled employees. Company loyalty will also increase, which reduces turnover. It doesn’t take much to start, but it’s important to do it today.