Employees are the heart of an organization. They’re what make the wheels turn and they’re who pull the levers. If workers are invested in their jobs, things are great. If they’re not, a business can take a turn for the worse pretty quickly.
Engagement in the workplace is a mix of three things: purpose, trust, and interest in the results. An employee’s commitment and attachment to the task, as well as his or her career outcome, drive this vital investment.
A great deal of research has been conducted to find the causes and assess the levels of disengagement employees have in their jobs. Turns out, the most important aspects of employee engagement are:
1. Having the right job; one that is a good fit for the employee’s interests and skills
2. Being provided with the tools to do it well
When someone has a job they enjoy and are passionate about, it doesn’t feel like a chore to get there everyday. Not only does the employee benefit, but the employer does too. It’s been shown that “actively disengaged employees cost the U.S. $450 billion to $550 billion per year.” Yes, that says billion and yes, there is something you can do.
When you focus on finding the right employee the first time around, you need to worry less about losing them, whether it be to a competitor or because they aren’t fit for the job. Obtaining the right people through personality tests and careful employment choices, mixed with keeping them engaged at work, can make a huge difference in the success and stability you see as a company.
If your employees don’t have the resources to do their job productively, they’re not going to do it (well) and they’re going to be unhappy in the process. Think about your previous jobs. Did you enjoy your busy days more than the ones you just sat at a computer looking at the screen? For most individuals, having something to do – and the tools to do it efficiently and properly – is key to success at work. These tools can vary from a cloud management system to a communication program to office supplies, but the concept remains the same.
Think about company turnover. How often do you need to replace someone and what are the resources you lose and or waste? Keep your employees engaged. There are steps you can take to improve your chances of keeping your retention rate high and your employees passionate about what they’re doing. One way is to outfit your workers with an incredibly useful, all-in-one platform like Office 365. Not only will it enhance productivity, you’ll also be able to track the levels of employee usage and engagement, and spur the latter with a gamification learning management system.
Want to learn more? MessageOps can provide the tools your company needs to boost engagement. We no longer live in a world where employees are OK with working just to make money – people want to be equipped to succeed. Click here to find out how we can help.