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The State of Employee Engagement

The Current State of Employee Engagement and How to Make It Better

How happy and engaged are our employees? It’s an important question that every business should want to know the answer to. We hate to break it to you, but according to our latest employee survey, 51% of employees are not happy at work. What does that mean for your business? The less happy and engaged your employees are, the less productive your business will be as a whole. Start focusing on how to make your employees more engaged for better business outcomes. Take at a look at the current state of employee engagement and see what you can do to make it better.

Focus on your mission and vision
Greatness Infographic Mission and Vision

It’s surprising that a whopping 61% of employees don’t know their company’s mission. A mission and vision statement is essentially a summary of the aims, values and direction of your company. Knowing and embracing the company’s mission helps provide employees with a sense of purpose and with motivation to succeed. But if your employees aren’t aligned to, or even aware of, your company’s mission and vision, how can you expect them to move forward as a whole towards the same goals? Focus on your company’s mission and vision, and start strategizing on how to build more awareness of those core, guiding principles within your organization.

Emphasize shared cultural values
Greatness Infographic Culture

Not only are a majority of employees unaware of their company’s mission and vision, but apparently they are also oblivious to their company’s cultural values. Values are important because they help define company culture and reflect what an organization ultimately cares about. You want your employees to embrace your company’s values because by having a personal and emotional connection to what they do, they gain a sense of importance and motivation behind their work. But as our research shows, shared culture can only go so far towards improving overall levels of engagement.

Encourage leadership to nurture trust
Greatness Infographic Leadership Statistic

We’ve all heard the saying, “People join companies, but leave bad managers.” One constant that remains as a contributing factor to employee disengagement is poor leadership. Only 45% of employees trust their company’s leadership and half don’t expect to be in their current job just one year from now. This represents an obvious disconnect between employees and their work, and especially between employees and leadership. According to a Careerbuilder.com study cited in a Wharton management blog, 76% of full-time workers, while not actively looking for a new job, would leave their current workplace if the right opportunity came along. Don’t lose great talent because of a lack of trust in leadership and in their vision for the future. Reassure your employees that your company and leadership team cares about them, as both workers and human beings. Put the emphasis on showing them respect and trust in what they do.

Reward and recognize employees
Greatness Infographic Rewards and Recognition

Results clearly show that employees have a deep desire for employee recognition. A massive 93% hope to be recognized at least quarterly, if not more. Why is it important to recognize employees for their hard work? According to the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program, employees who feel valued by their employer are 60% more likely to be motivated to do their very best at work. A quick recognition, whether from management or a peer, goes a long way and can boost employee engagement by up to 22%. Start recognizing and rewarding your employees for jobs well done and witness the positive impact it makes. Today’s rewards and recognition programs go way beyond tired old plaques and paperweights and should be based on a social media model to encourage the highest levels of adoption and active use. They should link to employees’ existing social networks and other common communications platforms like Slack and Jabber, offer point-based rewards so employees can choose items that are meaningful to them, and most importantly, they should serve to reinforce company values and encourage desired business results.

To learn more, download The Greatness Gap: The State of Employee Disengagement.

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About the Author
Kellie WongKellie Wong is the Social Media and Blog Manager for Achievers. She manages Achievers’ social media presence and
The Engage Blog, including the editorial calendars for both. In addition to writing blog content for The Engage Blog, she also manages and maintains relationships with 20+ guest blog contributors and edits every piece of content that gets published. Connect with Kellie on LinkedIn.

 

The route to employee engagement

Infographic: The route to employee engagement

The most successful businesses are rooted in an engaged workforce, where employees are valued for their contributions. It seems simple, yet many companies are missing the mark when it comes to connecting their employees with core engagement factors like their company’s mission, their experience of recognition at work, and their workplace culture.

This is the “greatness gap” that many employers are dealing with today. HR and business leaders work hard to create a company mission and vision, craft a culture statement, and roll out employee recognition programs … yet something’s still not clicking. That’s why we decided to survey hundreds of full-time employees throughout North America to determine how engaged they feel at work, how often they get recognized, and whether they feel aligned with their company’s mission. The results were pretty shocking — and we’ve highlighted some of the biggest stats below.

We encourage you to get the rest of our employee engagement insights by downloading the full Achievers 2015 North American workforce survey results right here.

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[Infographic] Who are your engaged employees?

Every employee has the capacity to be engaged, but certain groups seem to have an easier time than others. Based on original research by the Human Capital Institute and Achievers, our newest infographic breaks down some surprising demographic trends in employee engagement. Check it out:

 

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Hungry for more insight? Download the full report, The Trifecta of Engagement: The organization, the manager, and the employee.

[Infographic] Anatomy of an employee referral

How much do you know about employee referrals?

Did you know they can be 18 times cheaper to hire than traditionally-recruited candidates? Or that they work better, smarter, and stick around longer? If not, don’t worry—we’re here to break down the anatomy of an employee referral for you, so you can see what makes these superstars tick (and how you can get them to work for you).

Check it out:

Antomy of employee referral

Need more insight? You’ll love the stats, testimonials, and best practices in our new e-book, The ultimate guide to employee referrals: How to engage employees, save millions, and drive Employee Success™.

[Infographic] Why top employers drive engagement to power business success

Harvard Business Review reveals that the performance connection for happy employees is 3x: on average, they have 31 percent high productivity, 37 percent higher sales, and 3 times higher creativity than their less engaged colleagues. 1

While employee engagement has become a buzzword in the HR community, it is integral to business success—and top employers are paying attention.

 

Employee engagement is how each individual employee connects with your company and with your customers. An engaged employee is fully involved in and enthusiastic about his or her work. Engaged employees are committed, passionate, and inspired—and they inspire others by examples. They care about the future of the company and are willing to invest the discretionary effort to see that the organization succeeds.

So what’s the buzz about engagement when it comes to business success? Engagement is an effective tool to boost bottom line results through alignment and increased productivity, and also builds a competitive employer brand that attracts, retains, and inspires top performers.

The Achievers 50 Most Engaged™ Workplaces Awards recognizes top employers that display leadership and innovation in engaging their workplaces. The Awards recognize and celebrate 50 companies in Canada and 50 in the United States.

Check out Achievers latest infographic that reveals the business case for engagement below. Don’t forget to share with your networks!

Do you believe your organization has an engaged workplace? Leave a comment below, and consider applying for the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Awards!

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  1. Anchor, Shawn. “Positive Intelligence: Three ways individuals can cultivate their own sense of well-being and set themselves up to succeed.” Harvard Business Review. Jan-Feb 2012 102. Print. 8 Apr 2013.

[Infographic] Overcome disengagement by tackling the recognition obstacle course

Is your employee engagement strategy directly tied to business results?

Top employers realize that highly engaged employees produce better business results than organizations with low levels of engagement. It just makes sense. Organizations with high engagement rates are 78 percent more productive than disengaged organizations.1 The powerful combination of engaged employees and brilliant performance is critical to business success. By implementing an employee recognition strategy to increase engagement, you amplify key behaviors that power business success.

To help you get started, we’re excited to unveil Achievers’ latest infographic, created to help you overcome the obstacles of disengagement and turn your employee engagement hurdles into results!

 

What do you believe is your company’s biggest challenge with employee engagement? Let us know in the comments below or when you share the infographic!

Overcome the Obstacle Course of Disengagement

Sources:

  1. “Hewitt point of view: What Makes a Company a Best Employer?” Hewitt and Associates. 2009. Web. 8 Apr 2013.

[Infographic] Recognition to the rescue!

NEWS ALERT! An evil villain is roaming our workplaces. Employees are fleeing in droves as this evil-doer pilfers profits and steal souls. Who is this masked marauder? Why, none other than the longtime foe of productive workplaces everywhere: DISENGAGEMENT. But never fear—a hero is waiting in the wings! Recognition is the super hero today’s workplaces need. Let us join forces and do battle, starting now!

Comic book villain or not, disengagement is a real threat. A Gallup study found disengagement costs $300 billion in lost productivity every year. That’s nearly eight thousand times more than actual bank robbers stole throughout the U.S. in 2011. Plus, 71% percent of Americans are not engaged in their current positions—and probably spending their days dreaming about robbing banks. (We don’t recommend it. It doesn’t pay as much as you think.)

Many companies are working to combat disengagement. Companies spend $47 billion annually on employee rewards, but there is definite room for improvement. Unstructured and inconsistent recognition is a waste of company funds, but budget invested the right way leads to reduced turnover and increased productivity. It may not wear spandex and a cape, but recognition is the best weapon we have to make the workplace safer for everyone.  By teaming up and helping recognition do its thing, we can all do our part to make the workplace a more welcome place.

Check out our infographic for more info on the threat of disengagement and how recognition can come to your rescue.

New research reveals the business case for employee recognition

Do you understand the power and ROI of “thank you” in the workplace? The latest research from Bersin & Associates  proves companies that say “thank you” to employees far outperform companies that do not.

The data comes from ”The State of Employee Recognition in 2012” report, revealing the secrets of employee recognition and the business results achieved from these programs. Additionally, Achievers alongside China Gorman released the results from the, “Achievers Intelligence: Insight Into Today’s Workforce,” which is a one-of-a-kind study revealing that CEOs and HR leaders have an inaccurate view of what employees want in the workplace in regards to recognition, feedback and  accessibility of leadership.

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SAY WHAT?! Why communication is key to employee engagement

Communication is vital to employee engagement. All high-performing organizations have great communication and, unsurprisingly, it is a top motivator for employees. Great communication within an organization can be defined as open, consistent, transparent and multi-directional.

This means that ideas and direction not only come from the top, but employees also contribute to the conversation. Dialogue is free-flowing and comes from both directions, as simple and basic as a homemade telephone with two soup cans and a string.  Managers who are great communicators are also available to their employees for support, encouragement and questions.  Finally, good leaders share the organization’s successes as well as its failures with employees because everyone has the right to know about it and transparency builds trust.

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Understanding Millennials and the needs of the future workforce

Millennials, Gen Y and Generation Me. These are just a few ways that Millennials have been described over the years. Do you wish you had some tips for understanding the needs of the future workforce? Many employers view the Millennial generation as an enigma, but you can’t afford to be uneducated about Millennials, as they are the future employees and leaders. It is estimated that by 2025, 75% of the workforce will be Millennials. The Class of 2012 will be graduating in a few short months, and it is important for employers to understand how to recruit, retain and inspire them. So how do you get the inside scoop about Millennials and what they want?

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