August 17, 2016
Take a minute and remember the very best day you’ve had recently at work. What did it feel like? For most people, it was a day when you felt engaged – you felt like you were doing your very best work at that moment. You felt like the work that you were doing was important. When we’re engaged at work, we are using all of our skills, often in a collaborative way, to make progress that feels significant. Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen every day — in fact, for many people, it hardly ever happens. Employee engagement is the missing piece of the puzzle.
Lack of engagement is a big problem for companies. It causes turnover, wasted time, lower productivity, and poor morale. People who are not engaged don’t feel like what they do makes a difference to anyone, and as a result, they don’t do much other than go through the motions.
There have been a variety of recent studies about why disengagement matters, how much it costs organizations, and overall why it’s a bad thing. Yet creating an engaging work environment still challenges many organizations. They want all the benefits of high-performing employees who are willing to go the extra mile for their job and do great work, but they haven’t figured out how to get there.
Here are three important keys to building an engaging work environment:
Engaged workers create great products, provide great service, think creatively, and work well with others. While it takes time and effort to foster a culture of employee engagement in your organization, it’s well worth that investment.