When trying to improve employee engagement within your organization you may come across the challenge of trying to figure out what will engage your employees. Something that might help you with developing strategies is knowing the key drivers of employee engagement. While there are too many to fit into one post, here are some of the most common ones. 

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What is Employee Engagement? 

Employee engagement is different from employee satisfaction even though they are often brought up together. Employee satisfaction refers to how happy or content an employee is with their current position. Employee engagement instead refers to the extent to which employees feel passionate and emotionally committed to their jobs and the organization. 

What are Drivers of Employee Engagement? 

Drivers of employee engagement are what employers can use to help understand and improve employee engagement. Drivers of employee engagement can vary depending on the business, industry, and person.

Drivers of Employee Engagement 

  1. Meaningful Work 
    • Employees want to feel like the work that they are doing is meaningful not just for the company but for themselves. 
  2. Career Growth 
    • Employees perform better and are more engaged when they see a future where they can grow in their career at a company. 
  3. Communication  
    • Regular feedback and communication from management is essential to employee engagement. 
  4. Recognition  
    • Employees are more likely to be engaged in their work and company when they feel like they are recognized and appreciated for their work.  
  5. Trust in Leadership 
    • Leadership that is trustworthy and open with their employees often have employees that are more involved in the company. 
  6. Coworker Relations 
    • Engagement has been shown to increase by 50% when employees develop close relationships and build trust with their coworkers. Coworkers that have good relationships with each other will also be more inclined to help one another and lift each other up. 
  7. Training and Development 
    • Providing learning opportunities for employees will not only increase engagement, but also help to increase productivity. 
  8. Wellbeing 
    • Mental and physical wellbeing is becoming more important for many workers. When workers are stressed or ill, they cannot be actively engaged in their job. Having job-sponsored wellness programs can help employees reengage with their jobs. 
  9. Organizational Success 
    • When employees see the organization succeed, they feel like they succeed as well and want to keep that success going forward. Employees within a successful organization are also more likely to recommend and speak highly about their company. 

Drivers for employee engagement don’t have to be complicated, but it is important to remember that every person is driven by different things. This is why it is important to use multiple drivers within your company. At HR Collaboration Group, we are here to help you in all aspects of human resource management and employee engagement – including assistance with recruiting and retaining talent. To learn more about how HR Collaboration Group can help your company, contact us today.