A different kind of pandemic
The pandemic we are facing globally within the workplace may be related not just to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the absence of sufficient employee engagement.
This means that when times are good, you are working on improving employee engagement, and when times are tough, you reap the fruit by advocating for even more commitment from your team which leads to even more engagement and higher morale, especially when you and your team see the light at the other end of the tunnel.
You can control costs and improve profit margins because your team is careful, committed and driven, even when sales are not meeting expected budgets.
Managing employee engagement
What you may be thinking is if the global average for employee engagement is so low, chances are engagement within my organisation may not be that great. And how would you know? Some indicators of low employee engagement could be high turnover rates, impoverished work culture and meaningless work politics.
Where can you start? When you Google “reasons for leaving”, you will usually find surface-level reasons such as “because of the supervisor” or “because of the work culture”, “personal reasons”.
But here’s the thing… the secret to understanding employee engagement and why people do not want to engage actively with your organisation is to be able to understand the dynamics of employee disengagement, or to be able to understand the mindset behind why they are making the decisions that they are.
Furthermore, in terms of understanding how to improve employee engagement within the workplace, we must change the concept of employee engagement into a process and follow a step by step process that helps you manage your employee engagement.
These steps include:
- self-leadership and management
- recruiting people who are a match to your organisation’s values
- training and developing them to perform in a way that brings in revenue
- coaching, mentoring and performance managing in a way that resourceful feedback is not frowned upon
- having practical communication skills, execution and goal-setting skills
- an understanding of the nature of cultural diversity and how this impacts your overall organisational environment.
And more than that, it helps leaders create a culture that nurtures growth, satisfaction and true purpose, improving the quality of work-life-balance that spills over to other areas of life.