Is Employee Involvement the New Engagement

Employee Involvement: What it is, Why you Need it, and How to Get it

A high performing workforce is critical for success which is why so many organizations work to foster high levels of employee engagement. Employees who are valued and motivated to perform are more productive, dedicated and satisfied on the job. While the advantages of having happy, committed employees are well known, the best way to achieve high levels of employee satisfaction is still a mystery to many managers.

There’s a cascade at work: Employees who feel valued and listened to have higher levels of commitment; employees with higher levels of commitment typically reinforce that commitment by being more involved with their jobs and with the company as a whole; and employees who are more involved are typically the organization’s top performers.

Increasing employee commitment starts with learning about how an individual feels about their job as well as their thoughts on the company, their career and the relationship between the two. Similarly, encouraging employee involvement and showing appreciation for it can be highly effective in retaining employees and encouraging better performance.

How can you increase employee involvement and ensure your organization can retain its top performers?

Ask for Feedback – Create opportunity for employees to tell you their thoughts and how they feel about their job and the company. Open-ended surveys throughout the year as well as fostering ongoing dialogue between managers and employees about the company, their responsibilities and changes they’d like to see keep communication lines open. However, it’s important to do more than solicit employee feedback – making a difference requires acting on it.

Deliver “Attaboys” – Praise, recognition and appreciation increase the feeling of value and keep employees motivated to perform. Regular feedback also increases confidence as well as performance because employees better understand what is expected of them as well as where they can improve. Consider offering incentives such as a complimentary lunch, gift card, designated parking spot or other “rewards” for a job well done.

Give Employees a Voice – Show employee’s their thoughts and opinions matter by encouraging involvement and participation in key decisions. Listening to a wider range of ideas and perspectives can illuminate other opportunities or areas of improvement.

Focus on the Future – Working with employees to discuss their career aspirations and future positions within the organization can create alignment between individual and organizational goals. When employees understand there is a future for them and opportunity to advance their career path, they are more likely to remain with the company.

Provide Training and Development Opportunities – Enable employees to expand their skills and grow along with the organization. In addition to equipping employees with the skills needed to advance their career, the company can ensure it has access to capabilities needed for future requirements.

Bring unification to your Talent Strategy – Eliminate and silos and take an integrated approach to talent management. Incorporating the right technology and processes can support a performance-driven and engaged culture by enabling companies to better track and measure the results of its talent initiatives.

Employee involvement is all about making sure individuals have a greater impact on their own job and have an influence on the overall goals and strategies of the company. When an individual’s success is closely connected with the company’s, they have more reason to remain in their positions or with their employer. For more information on this topic, download our complimentary white paper.

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