How to Better Engage Your Workforce in 2016

Leadership 1 min read

A new Gallup poll had some telling statistics regarding employee engagement in 2015. Take a look:

  • Only 30% of workers felt engaged at their jobs in 2015.
  • More than 50% of employees said they weren’t engaged.
  • Almost 20% of employees said they were “actively disengaged” from their jobs.

Let’s take a step back to better understand how Gallup defines engagement. The research firm asks employees to rate key workplace elements such as “having the opportunity to do what they do best each day, having someone at work who encourages their development and believing their opinions count at work.”

So what does this mean for your business? The research firm said, “Employee engagement is strongly connected to business outcomes essential to an organization’s financial success, such as productivity, profitability and customer engagement. Engaged employees support the innovation, growth and revenue that their companies need.”

Gallup’s report underscores a huge opportunity for businesses to build a better employee engagement plan in 2016. Here are a few ways that companies can take the first steps toward better engaging employees in the next year:

  1. Understand your starting point. You won’t know how to fix the problem unless you know what it is. Pulse and benchmarking surveys are a good way to get your arms around the mood and sentiment of your employee base.
  2. Analyze the results. Conducting an employee survey is the first step but what do the responses mean? Are certain departments or locations performing better than others? Look at the “people data” holistically so you can utilize the cross-organizational data to best improve your engagement strategy.
  3. Take action. Now that you know where you stand, it’s time to implement the tactics that will help better engage your employees. You can start a recognition and rewards program or revamp your performance review process.

When your workforce knows you’re taking the time to listen to its feedback and actually doing something about it, you’re already building a more engaged company culture. If you take this approach, your employees are much more likely to fit within Gallup’s definition of engaged and as a result, your business will see the financial results.

Are your employees engaged at work? What is your strategy for building stronger engagement in 2016?