Your company’s success and potential for growth are dependent on many factors, but none quite so measurably correctable as employee engagement. Engaged employees are productive, committed, and motivated—passionate about doing their jobs not only right, but well. Engaged employees are loyal, meaning less turnover, associated costs, and time lost. Engaged workers translate to a healthy staff, and the overall “health” of your team directly correlates to the success of your business, making your staff your most valuable asset.
How Engagement Factors into Your Company’s “Employee Health”
We spend a lot of time at work—about one-third of our lives according to the World Health Organization. Thus, it’s essential for employees to feel as though they are part of something bigger—an engaging and inclusive culture that keeps them emotionally involved, valued for the work they are doing, and striving to achieve more. In fact, an Inc.com article cites a Center of Talent Innovation study which found that employees who feel like they belong are 3.5 times more likely to be motivated and engaged, fully contributing to their fullest potential.
Linked to tremendous increases in productivity, a Dale Carnegie study found that companies with engaged team members dramatically outperform those with lower engagement by 202%. The study maintains that organizations who recognize the goals and motivations of each personality, develop strategies that keep them happy, and provides them with opportunities for growth can propel workplace enthusiasm and engagement, creating compelling results for both the employee and the company.
Further, engaged employees have lower turnover rates versus their unengaged peers. According to a Gallup report, engaged workplaces have 67% less turnover. Lower turnover means reduced costs associated with recruitment and hiring, making a remarkable impact on bottom lines.
Generate a Culture of Engagement
Engaged employees don’t just happen. To create an engaged workforce, emphasis should be placed on making each team member feel like more than just a number or seat filler. Get to know them personally and create a rapport that allows for both positive and negative feedback. Create a channel for employees to share concerns, ideas, and what’s working well—open communication that provides powerful insights that assist HR and leadership efforts. Recognize employees for both their personal and work-related achievements, and reward them when they exceed expectations. And encourage collaboration, not only to hinder any feelings of isolation, but to provide a network of support amongst colleagues.
Moreover, this fellowship and engagement should commence at employee onboarding, creating a culture of “employee health” that begins at hiring and flows down through the company to strengthen bottom lines.
But how can you best gauge “employee health”?
The Pulse Survey: Real-Time Feedback from Employees
Putting people first is a win-win for organizations. Understanding the current landscape of your employees’ mood and perspective is critical to being people-focused. You’ll need a variety of strategies to keep employees open to telling you how they feel. One of the best methods to get instant, consistent feedback is through surveys. With surveys, employees who find it challenging to present issues face-to-face can express their concerns in a safe, judgment-free process. And short, frequent pulse surveys are a great tool to take the immediate pulse of your team.
While overly long surveys can result in reduced participation rates and skewed responses as participants rush through to finish, pulse surveys typically address specific issues or are given to particular segments of a workforce. Designed to be both people-driven and data-driven, pulse surveys are simple to deploy and offer a variety of ways to ask meaningful questions. And the data collected from pulse surveys can be quickly analyzed to provide real-time insights via comprehensive reports, allowing you to identify issues and be proactive about solving them, improving “employee health” while enriching the company’s overall culture.
At NEMO-Q, we offer multiple methods to deploy pulse surveys, including our 8-Second Survey, which takes a staff’s at-the-moment-pulse on pertinent issues while allowing you to go in-depth and solve underlying problems. Additionally, NEMO-Q surveys prompt instantly-generated action plans that are delivered right to your inbox based on employee responses. Results can be shared with staff to facilitate change when and where needed, improving your company’s work environment, stress level, leadership, and much more.
Contact us today to learn more about NEMO-Q’s solutions to bolster “employee health” and engagement.