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You’ve probably heard the term “Employee

Engagement” used to describe a best practice

within an organization. But what does it look like,

and how do we know when our employees are


In a somewhat simplistic sense, employee

engagement is a focused approach in theworkplace

that results in happy employees, committed to the

organization, who are giving their best each and

everyday. Theseemployeesbelieve in the company,

are proud to work there, and are committed to the

success of the organization. It is up to employers to

set the stage for a culture of employee engagement

– by creating the right conditions so employees will

strive to reach their individual potential, and create

successful outcomes for the organization.

There are several ways to tell if your employees

are fully engaged in their work and in the company

culture. How is their attitude? Engaged employees

are generally very positive and upbeat. They look

forward to coming to work each day, and actively

seek out opportunities for contribution. They are

eager to discuss ideas and work to inspire those

around them. Engaged employees are great to

have on a team, because of their positive attitude

and the fact that they will “cheerlead” others.

Engaged employees also feel pride in the company

or organization. They have a deep sense of loyalty,

and will quite often go the extra mile to ensure

work is done to a high standard.

Numerous research studies and surveys have been

done around the topic of employee engagement.

The findings are fairly universal in suggesting that

employee engagement actually drives bottom line

results for companies. This is partly due to the fact

that the majority of engaged employees believe

they can make a difference for their company in

the areas of productivity, product quality, customer

service and cost containment.

Unfortunately, employee engagement isn’t

something we can implement! It requires a

concerted effort on the part of the top leadership

to actively create a culture of engagement. Leaders

cannot mandate engagement. It has to grow

organically in the right environment. It starts with

two-way communication. Leaders need to share

their vision for the company down to the lowest

level in the organization. They need to be willing to

listen to comments and ideas, and show gratitude

to the employees who are sharing their thoughts










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