Employee engagement stems from the relationship that an organization or an employer has with its employees. To be specific an employee can be said to be engaged when he/she is completely involved with the organization. This involvement is such that he/she is enthusiastic and contributing towards his work as well as his workplace. Such employees add to the organizational value both in monetary and non-monetary terms.
Having said so, it can comfortably be said that a highly engaged employee can be expected to give higher contributions to an organization than the ones who are not as highly engaged. With the importance of employee engagement so crucial, more and more organizations are seeking ways to generate higher engagement in their employees.
More and more organizations today are engaged in the race of creating a high performance work environment. As much as it may be desired, a high performance work environment may not come as easily as imagined. First and foremost task in doing so will be to communicate organization’s mission and values to the employees at every level. This has to then be followed with training the employees to practice the same from time to time. Once this is accomplished, it can be followed with the continuous improvement and evolution to ensure that quality is ever increasing. Ensuring high employee engagement may seem difficult due to many reasons, this includes:
- Transitioning Companies- These are the companies that are in a phase of transition. This phase may have inhibited the management from undertaking effective employee engagement.
- Excessive workload coupled with poor performance management process may also result in the inadequate employee management.
- Inadequate investment on the part of a company towards employee. This may hinder with the employees desires to perform better.
- Employee engagement may be difficult to achieve if the organizational culture is not as inclusive as it is desired.
Being able to build highly engaged work force require numerous factors to be worked on simultaneously. This is more so in the present age. With more and more workers being highly technology savvy and the increased use of technology warrants the organization to become more flexible to accommodate different types of employees.
Employee engagement has shown to have an immense impact on the employees of the organization. When the employees are highly engaged they have a belief that they can bring about a lot of change in the organization. Not only do they believe so, they work hard to achieve the same. When people have confidence in their abilities, they tend to be more productive and performance driven. Such driven employees are very efficient in meeting deadlines and producing quality work.
For an organization which is able to bring about effective employee management, it gets very easy to get things done on time. The employees have a feeling of ownership towards the organization which brings about higher productivity and efficiency. Given such a scenario it is imperative for an organization to work towards enhancing employee engagement.