Employee Engagement in the 21st Century
One of the most important things that an employer needs to understand is that his/her workforce, in the 21st century, is one of the most diverse that it’s ever been in history. And, because of the range of ages that are prevalent in the workplace, it’s important to engage these employees effectively, and not with a “one size fits all” method of engagement. But how and why should you do this?
The Importance of Employee Engagement
According to a report by the Human Capital Institute, employee engagement is one of the most important factors in determining how prosperous (read: successful) a business will be. Without employees that feel as though they are a part of the greater good of the company, the company will not survive.
“The workforce is no longer a ‘do-as-I-tell-you’ machine. Rather, it is a symbiotic collective that expects collaboration, candor, and courage. In return, organizations can reap the benefits of employee engagement and strengthen the relationships that impact their bottom line,” writes HCI.
How to Engage Employees
Regardless of the age of your employees, there are a number of ways to successfully engage them. For example:
Connect With Them
As a leader, it is your job to try to find not only the common ground that you share with your employees, but things that makes your employees “tick.” What motivates them to do well at their job? That is the question that you must get the answer to from every single person who works for you. Once you find out what motivates them, you can appeal to that motivation so that your employees can do a better job.
Be Clear About Your Vision for Your Company
“Success” is not defined in the same way by different leaders. If there’s something that you want for the company, make sure your employees know what it is. As they reach — and exceed — your goals, make sure you congratulate and thank them for a job well done.
Provide a Safe Space for Collaboration
Studies have proven that employees who are given a safe space to collaborate with others tend to work better than those who are not. In a team environment, employees can see who on their team has certain strengths to play upon, and maximize results.
Why Should You Engage?
Simply put, engagement is not only essential for your company’s success, but for your employee’s personal and professional success within the company as well.