Keep Them Interested on the Job! Three Tips To Increase Employee Engagement

Aug 02, 2016

Keep Them Interested on the Job

If you think your organization has high employee engagement, you could be wrong. Take a look around your office. Chances are most of your employees are simply "going through the motions." Some employees lack passion and drive; but even worse, some employees are so unhappy that they negatively affect your bottom line. Don't worry; there are ways to increase employee interest, engagement, and interaction.

As discussed in the Executive Summary of State of the American Workplace: Employee Engagement Insights for U.S. Business Leaders, a 2013 report on 2010–2012 findings from an ongoing Gallup study of the American workplace, only 30 percent of employees in the U.S. workforce are engaged in their jobs. Therefore, an overwhelming 70 percent of workers on average are not achieving their full potential. Why should this statistic startle your organization? The report's Executive Summary also reveals that engaged workers are significantly more productive and have higher customer ratings, less turnover and absenteeism, and fewer safety incidents. These benefits translate to the bottom line. The Gallup report estimates that actively disengaged employees—the individuals who undermine what their engaged coworkers accomplish—cost the United States $450 billion to $550 billion each year!

What can your company do to keep employees engaged?

  • Hire the right people.
  • Develop employees' strengths.
  • Enhance employees' well-being.

At ZERORISK, here's how we put these tips into action to keep our employees engaged:

How do we hire the right people? Everyone who applies for a position is assessed using our pre-employment assessment, which measures emotional intelligence—the competency most telling of future job performance. From the results, we are able to determine if someone is a good fit for a certain position, as well as a good fit for our organization. This allows us to hire the top talent for the role and for our team. Once brought on board, assessment results are carefully reviewed with the new hire and his or her manager to help both parties understand the employee's strengths and areas that may need to be developed. People who are placed in positions where they can use their strengths are more engaged and are more passionate about their work.

How do we develop employees' strengths? It all starts with good communication. We use the Team and Communication Development Program to help employees and managers understand one another better through identifying communication styles and preferences. When everyone is on the same page and understands the strengths and weaknesses of others in the group, communication is maximized and employees are engaged. We develop the strengths of managers through the Manager Development Program, helping managers play to their own strengths and recognize their own blind spots to be more effective in their roles. We also want our employees to understand what is expected of them, and we use the Employee Development Program to provide emotional intelligence-based training to keep them interested and engaged in their positions.

How do we enhance employees' well-being? This stems directly from our company culture. We want our employees to feel valued as individuals. Everyone has a voice, and we want to listen. Employees have the opportunity to share ideas, concerns, or questions at monthly meetings and through an employee satisfaction survey. We want employees to play a part in our decision process, and we invite everyone to our annual business strategy meeting. We acknowledge and reward hard work through public recognition and paid time off. We encourage social interaction outside of the workplace through team events at various recreation locations, holiday parties, volunteer opportunities, and team 5K fun runs—and our Wellness Committee organizes healthy lifestyle events, because happy and healthy employees are more engaged.

Employee engagement plays a significant role in driving business success and needs to be a top priority in any organization. Step back and consider how you can increase the level of employee interest in your company.

ZERORISK helps organizations build great cultures by identifying, developing, and retaining top talent. The ZERORISK Hiring System blends a revolutionary behavioral science with state-of-the-art technology to reduce unwanted turnover and improve employee performance. For more information contact us at (800) 827-5991.

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