Employee engagement across a workforce can often seem like an unattainable objective, but it’s one that businesses need to consider in order to stay productive and keep employees motivated.
Staff who aren’t engaged often waste time, resources and effort as they’re not concerned with the wellbeing of the company. It is the engaged staff who are more willing to fix problems, and address concerns raised by managers and help fellow employees.
Dale Carnegie Training, together with MSW Research, released a study based solely on employee engagement, designed to answer the question ‘how to engage employees?’
The study surveyed 1,500 employees and found that only 29 per cent of respondents were fully engaged, while 26 per cent were disengaged. Obviously, this is an issue that urgently needs to be addressed.
“Employees said that it is the personal relationship with their immediate supervisor that is the key. The attitude and actions of the immediate supervisor can enhance employee engagement or can create an atmosphere where an employee becomes disengaged,” the study explained.
The research team worked together to identify the factors that affect employee engagement. The study turned up key three points, each of which deserve serious consideration.
- Relationship with immediate supervisor;
- Faith in leadership;
- Company pride.
While the above points are fairly obvious, It’s likely that a number of businesses need to be reminded of the importance of strong leadership and, increasingly, employee feedback.
Rather than apply traditional feedback models, businesses should consider Leaderskill’s form of 360 degree feedback survey that engages employees by providing low-threat, immediately usable feedback to managers. These surveys can boost faith in leadership as managers adjust their behaviours to meet the needs of their employees.