employee engagement

When you hire someone to work for you, the first thing to be done, in order to represent the commencement of an alliance, is the signing of a contract. But is it also the last thing to be done?

‘NO’  would be an understatement.

The union between an organization and an employee, like any other relationship, needs to be nurtured consistently in order for it to grow. It is not to be considered as merely an official association between two parties, but an alliance, which lays its foundation on the virtues of trust and loyalty.

Employee-engagement

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‘Employee engagement’, as the term itself suggests, refers to the involvement and enthusiasm exhibited by employees at their work place. Sadly, executives today perceive their employees merely as working hands, who are expected to deliver their best, regardless of their work environment. Commitment towards the job and zeal to work are considered as pre-installed requisites in their minions.   They conveniently choose to forget that their employees, like all other living beings on the planet could perform a lot better, given the right motivation and incentive.

Employee engagement does not merely imply a well-devised ‘strategy’ of Diwali bonuses, unlimited wifi and free food, to extract optimum outcome from employees. It is but an initiative,  taken by the company to establish work  conditions which instill within its employees, a feeling of belonging, rather than obligation.

The concept of employee engagement, essentially entails the following six dimensions:

employee strength

1) REALISING STRENGTHS: This is one of the most pivotal, yet easily missed step towards establishing fruitful employee involvement. It is important to acknowledge that  different people have different strengths  and not everyone can be good at everything. Therefore, it should be the employers primary responsibility, to make sure that the tasks assigned to the employees can be justified on the basis of their individual skills and interest. The goal shouldnt not be to just tap labour, but to promote and harvest quality in work.

2) BELONGING:  The word ‘company’ does not mean a bunch of people who show up with briefcases wearing expensive suits. It represents a unique congregation of people who work together to achieve a common goal. It should thus be a company’s mission, to articulate their missions, values and objectives to their employees, so that they may identify with the company’s motto and direct their efforts towards its wellfare and progress.

3) INVESTING IN RELATIONS:  Multi-national companies today, make newspaper headlines by boasting about their ridiculously genorous investments in latest technologies, networking  and infrastructure. They fail to acknowledge, that building relations is much more prolific than building concrete empires. Company higher-ups should make an endeavour to foster a bond with the employees which goes beyond the professional level.

Employee Inspiration

4) INSPIRATION:  From renowned scientists, to artists, any worthy innovation that the world has heard of, is not only driven by determination and intellect, but is also impelled by another relatively inconspicuous source, called ‘Inspiration’. As essential as it is to provide the employees a workplace with state of the art computers, printers and other sophesticated equipment, it is also vital to ensure that the work environment stimulates and inspires your team and instills in them a sense of purpose.

positivity

5) POSITIVE ATTITUDE: We often hear phrases such as  ‘Positivity is the key to success’, ‘Be  positive and achieve the impossibe’ and countless others. As cliched as these may sound, thay are actually quite true! Positivity has a way of working its magic everywhere, be it your home, or workplace. A positive atitude is highly contagious and helps make people around you feel the vibes of optimism too. Employers should make sure that the work environment is not cynical, but a positive one. After all, a smiling face inevitably gets you better results than an ‘Im-your-boss-deal-with-it’  face ever will.

smiling company employees

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6) APPRECIATION: A little pat on the back for ones efforts goes a long way in building an efficient work team.  Employees need to know that their hardwork is noticed and appreciated.  If nothing else, reward their hardwork with a compliment. It helps keep up their spirits and this in turn reflects positively in the company’s growth stats as well.