Employee engagement is the degree of commitment and concern that an employee has for their organization and its goal, and it has become a top concern for managers as the hybrid/ remote work environment becomes the norm.
Compared to engaged employees, disengaged employees are 21 percent less productive, produce work of a lesser quality, show a decreased work morale and have 50 percent more safety incidents. Additionally, they are absent more often and are 12 times more likely to leave their jobs within the year.
Employees that aren’t engaged are unnecessarily costly to the economy and an extreme waste of human resources.
The importance of focusing on employee engagement is realized when estimates suggest that globally, only 20 percent of employees are engaged at work. Furthermore, managers themselves influence as much as 67 percent of the engagement that employees feel.
How do managers foster employee engagement in the workplace? They can prioritize career development, create opportunities for new learning and growth, allow employees to work on special projects that interest them, put effort into nurturing a positive company culture, recognize superior work when it is done, solicit feedback from employees regularly about how engaged they feel, and develop a good onboarding experience for new hires.
The hybrid/remote work environment creates additional challenges for managers. These employees’ main complaints are:
In addition to the usual engagement tools, there are four ways that managers of hybrid/remote employees can increase engagement further:
Organizations today face additional challenges in engaging remote/hybrid employees, and managers play a key role in proactively addressing these issues. We are here to help and invite you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s work together and create solutions that work best for you and your organization.