Where’s Our Employee Engagement?

The Corporate Leadership Council gives shocking statistics on the impact of employee engagement. “Those employees who are most committed perform 20% better and are 87% less likely to leave the organization—indicating the significance of engagement to organizational performance.” Managers, you don’t want a company decline, due to low engagement, on your hands, right? Yikes! Keeping employees happy will ultimately result in a thriving company and environment.

How to tell if your employees are engaged or enraged? 3 words: Talk. It. Out.

Catch your employees at a good time and ask them to grab some coffee maybe even butter them up with a piece of delicious coffee cake. Taking these rare moments to get to know your employees will help you discover how they are doing at work and if they feel like an asset to the team. But, if you can’t get a good read, here are three direct points to bring up:

  1. Do they feel like they are making a difference in their work? If they have a valuable impact, then your employees are more likely to add positive aspects to company engagement.
  2. What could make their experience more valuable and worth walking into everyday? Are they comfortable within their working environment? What could make their day smoother and more enjoyable?
  3. Is the company leaving a good, last impression on their desire to be engaged?  Having a purpose-driven company pumps up the employees to truly value where they work and the people they are surrounded by. Getting personal feedback is highly valuable to you as a manager. People are more willing to open up with information they may be timid with letting out.

Do your employee’s answers seem genuine or do they come across as uncomfortably forced? You be the judge. As a manager, you are able to enhance the engagement of your company. It’s never a good thing to have unhappy employees that give nothing because they get nothing from your company.

Step up your game as a manager and really delve into the lives of your direct reports. You can’t go wrong when getting to know your employees needs.



Denis Coleman

Denis Coleman is the founder and CEO of Work Compass, a cloud staff performance collaboration software platform that helps teams align their efforts with strategic goals and continuously improve performance. Frustrated with the disconnect between strategy setting and day to day execution and the lack of tools available to managers to help them be great at their most important function …. Aligning their teams activities with strategic goals and actively managing for high performance Denis spent over 5 years researching strategy execution and performance management practices before founding Work Compass to create a software solution. Denis has held senior roles in Ireland, Czech Republic and North America with high performing electronics manufacturing and professional services organisations for more than 12 years. Denis has worked as Finance Director responsible for €800 million in annual revenues for Flextronics International, Key Account Manager responsible for annual revenues of more than €600 million for Dovatron International and Management Consultant for BDO one of Europe’s most successful professional services providers.

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