What exactly is employee engagement?
Wikipedia defines it as a fundamental concept in the effort to understand and describe, both qualitatively and quantitatively, the nature of the relationship between an organisation and its employees.
In simple words, it is the connection an employee feels with the organisation he works at. An engaged employee is one who is motivated and committed to the organisation.
With millennials and Gen-Z forming a majority of the current workforce, a lot has changed. New work culture. New lingo. And newer exceptions.
Are you struggling to keep this new generation of employees engaged? Not sure how to make them stay with the organisation longer?
While everyone has different expectations from their employer, there are a few things that strike a chord with the majority of them. We’ve listed it out for you.
5 employee engagement trends that will rule 2019
1. Work-life balance is important
Somewhere between our parents’ generation and ours, there was a time when people believed work is life. They’d invest all their time at work. Or thinking about work. Everything they did revolved around their job.
But not anymore.
Employees today are increasingly realising the importance of work-life balance. Work is an important part of life. But there are other, equally important things, too. And today’s workforce believes in maintaining this balance.
2. Technology rules
You’d be surprised to know that there are stiff offices where people work with pen and paper. Employees still sit and work amidst stacks of files and papers. Most of these are, quite obviously, non-IT related industries.
Not only is this time-consuming but also a waste of space and paper.
If your workplace isn’t technology friendly, be prepared to have a hard time finding and retaining talent. There have been instances when employees have quit their jobs because the computer they were asked to work on wasn’t efficient. Or the internet connection at office sucked.
If you want to attract and retain the best employees, make sure you’re armed with the latest technology and gadgets.
3. Health is wealth
Most employees nowadays are extremely health conscious. They want to eat healthy food. Work out regularly. And monitor their health to prevent diseases.
A workplace that encourages physical activity and genuinely cares for their employees’ health is where this generation would love to work.
One of the most productive ways to include physical activity at work is by organising team building events.
You might also like: 5 ways your employees benefit from experiential team building activities.
Team building events are not only great to help the teammates bond and improve the team’s productivity, but also a great way to ensure your employees don’t spend all their time sitting in front of a computer.
4. It is important to love your job
Gone are the days when employees stayed in a job they hated just for the sake of being employed. People today want to invest their time and energy doing something they love. Not a job that’ll only pay their bills.
Employees are not afraid to venture out on their own. Switch fields while at the peak of their careers. Or even take a break to unwind.
To make sure you don’t lose your best employees, it is important that you keep them motivated and interested in work.
5. Workplace equality is everything
Employees today demand equality at work.
Today’s workforce wants to be treated with equally. They want to be paid for the skills they bring to the table. Not merely based on the number of years they’ve been in the industry, the college they graduated from or their race and gender.
An organisation that still pays women less than men, or offers someone a hefty package solely based on the college they graduated from isn’t the kind of a place the current generation want to work at.
With increasing competition, talent retention is getting increasingly difficult.
Hiring the best employees is easy. The real challenge is keeping them engaged, motivated and happy at the workplace.
Companies all over the world have finally started taking employee engagement seriously. They’re constantly investing in the best team building activities, experiential employee communication and simulated workforce learning.
What are the most common employee engagement problems you face?
How do you make sure your employees enjoy working with you? Do share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
If you’re tired of the same old and boring employee engagement methods, it’s time to make a d’frens.
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