Where to begin?
Engaged employees want their organizations to succeed when they feel connected emotionally, socially and even spiritually to its mission, vision and purpose (Fleming & Asplund, 2007).
However, experts indicate engagement is very low among workers today. Given this fact, it stands to reason why so many companies struggle to meet customer expectations, financial goals and employee satisfaction.
So how and where do organizations begin to engage or re-engage their employees? Below are a few suggestions:
Establish and communicate clear company goals frequently, repetitively and through various communications modes.
- Find each individual’s talent, and help him or her to use that talent and strengths every day.
- Provide opportunities for career development and learning.
- Demonstrate appreciation for each employee’s contribution to the organization frequently, and as often as you can.
- Encourage friendships among employees. Although this may seem odd, research has shown that employees who have friends at work are more likely to be fully engaged.
- Praise innovation.