What is Employee Engagement Anyway?

Many managers have heard of the phrase “employee engagement” — but do you really understand what that means? What is the definition of employee engagement?

-Emotional connection an employee feels

Employee engagement is complex.  There’s not one specific attitude or  behavior which indicates whether an employee is fully engaged, it involves a combination of attitudes and behaviors and it’s different for every individual.  Employee engagement is job satisfaction, loyalty and commitment to the organization, involvement in the job, a feeling of empowerment.

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Managers’ Tips for an Engaged Workforce

business-world-472556_1280All managers know that keeping employees engaged results in an increase in productivity, motivation, and retention, all of which affect the bottom line of the business.  But unfortunately managing people can be very difficult.  Employees are human, after all, and each have a unique set of personality traits and needs.  So how can you increase the level of engagement and also the morale of your employees?  Below are some helpful tips for managers to follow.

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Employee Recognition and Perks That Won’t Bust Your Budget

thumb-422147_1280Looking for low or no-cost ways to bring a little fun into the workplace and tell your employees that you value them?  Here are 10 ideas that might increase job satisfaction at your company.

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High Employee Turnover Brings High Costs

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Employee turnover costs your company money in a big way.  Start with recruiting and training expenses.  Add in the cost of getting a reputation for high turnover.  The public looks skeptically at your business.  Competent, qualified people – the kind you want in your workplace – might not even bother to apply.

The employee turnover equation equals always struggling for survival.  Here are five ways you can cut turnover and keep productive workers on the payroll:

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Motivate Employees with Ease

girls-407685_1280How’s the morale among your employees?  Are you getting their best work?  Would you like to boost their efforts and their morale?

Fact: What motivates people who work for you most is recognition.

Believe it or not! Studies show employees find recognition for a job well done more motivating than money.  Knowing that what you do is important and appreciated is the best reward.

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Employee Appreciation Goes a Long Way

hand-226358_1280What’s the number one reason that employees stay with an organization?  Usually, it’s simply because they enjoy working with their supervisors, according to numerous studies.

Building good relationships between staff members and their bosses can pay off handsomely for your company.  In fact, some experts estimate that the cost of replacing an employee ranges from 29 to 46 percent of the person’s salary.

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Motivate Employees with Volunteering

volunteers-601662_1280Businesses regularly support community and charitable causes with generous donations.  Trends are changing, though.  “Checkbook charity” is being replaced, or at least augmented, with hands-on employee-driven volunteerism.

Some examples of employee volunteering and community involvement:  Repairing homes for the elderly, tutoring school children, delivering meals to the homebound, creating and building the award-winning float in the local community parade.

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