The Real Question of Employee Engagement
Sometimes we get so caught up in the latest industry buzzwords that we forget to ask the real question: What does employee engagement mean to ME and MY organization?
Employee Engagement is not new; the term has been around forever. However, within the past few years, it seems as though you can’t have a conversation about human resources without the term employee engagement being thrown into the mix. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not necessarily complaining about the recent awareness. I just get the impression that the term is being thrown around so willy-nilly these days that it may be starting to lose any real meaning in the HR industry. Did it have any real meaning to begin with?
Bear with me for a moment. I’m going somewhere with this, I promise.
Measurements of Employee Engagement
Measurement: That’s what it comes down to, right? If we can’t measure it, what are we trying to accomplish in the first place? But how do you truly measure something as abstract and individual to the person as true workplace engagement? The honest answer: you can’t. However, you can have metrics in place that industry and research have proven to be factors in engaging your workforce.
According to the Aon Hewitt Trends in Global Employee Engagement report, there are 6 factors that employers can hone to increase employee engagement in the workplace.
The Right Combination to Employee Engagement
It’s easy to look at this and say, “My organization has great career opportunities. I’m all set.” However, it just doesn’t work that way - engagement is individual to each employee. While great training and advancement may be the only thing that drives me to be a more engaged employee, the guy in the cubicle next door may need to have opportunities and a great relationship with his coworkers to feel engaged. It may be any combination of the 6 that moves him to the next level of engagement.
These drivers aren’t the end-all-be-all to employee engagement, but they provide a framework of measurement so we can improve. This is where employee recognition plays a key influence in organizational engagement as a whole. By recognizing your employees for using, participating, and engaging in the resources that the company provides to drive engagement, your organization is creating its own measurement and ROI.
An effective employee recognition program WILL pay for itself. It really is that simple. Therefore, instead of falling into the trap of industry buzzwords and one-size-fits-all solutions, define your employee engagement efforts based on what is best for your employees and your organization.
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