How significant is employee engagement to workplace satisfaction? It’s crucial to employee retention, consistent, top-notch performance, and increased production. Although most organizations know and understand this, only a few follow through with the activities necessary to create an engaged company culture of satisfied employees.

How Significant Is Employee Engagement to Workplace Satisfaction? 

It Takes More Than Lip Service

Some managers give lip service to the importance of workplace satisfaction; others deny the need for employee engagement, and many underestimate the significance of employee engagement to job satisfaction.

What Does Your Business Care About? 

Engaged employees are more satisfied with their work, and happy employees accomplish more. When an employee believes an organization has their best interest in mind, that employee is generally willing to do more for the business because when a company cares about its employees, employees care about the business.

Showing up and staying: Engaged employees make it a point to show up to work and do more work — highly engaged business units realize an 81% difference in absenteeism and a 14% difference in productivity. Engaged workers also are more likely to stay with their employers.” — Gallup — Employee Engagement vs. Employee Satisfaction and Organizational Culture

Disengaged employees are usually the opposite and won’t willingly take on more or go above and beyond. Quite often, they could care less about quality, deadlines, or following procedures because when a company doesn’t honor their employees, the employees don’t honor the company.

Increased Engagement = Job Satisfaction = Higher Performance

It’s not complicated. Engaging employees increases job satisfaction, lowers employee turnover, and improves productivity. So, how can an organization engage employees? Here are 13 ideas. Some of these ideas engage teammates directly. Others are more indirect. Not all may work for your organization. However, all can be impactful.

Workplace Engagement Checklist 

Where does your workplace rank as far as employee engagement and satisfaction? Score what your business offers from a high of ten down to zero.

10 always, 5 sometimes, 0 never. (Use all numbers 0 through 10) 

___Continuous training

___Clear Expectations and a mission

___Daily feedback and direction

___Providing the tools needed to complete tasks

___Wellness initiatives

___Employee surveys and one-on-one reviews

___Group participation in charitable events and volunteer opportunities

___Flexible scheduling

___Performance-based rewards

___Recognition for achievement, milestones, and character

___Transparent management

___Memberships, such as gym and fitness

___Dress up, casual, and themed days. Luncheons and pitch-ins

The last company I worked with that took this survey scored a 70. They saw areas where they were strong and places to improve, which they focused on.

What’s Your Employee Engagement Score?

What did your business score? Where could you do better? Do you believe employee engagement directly impacts job satisfaction, and do you believe employee satisfaction, or the lack thereof, affects performance and production? If so, what are you going to do about it?

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