Considering Factors that Impact Engagement

By Jennifer Cook

Employee engagement is a workplace approach resulting in the right conditions for all members of an organization to give of their best each day, committed to their organization’s goals and values, motivated to contribute to organizational success, with an enhanced sense of their own well-being.  This can be as important to some organizations as having a robust benefit and compensation program.

As we know, a significant amount of time and consideration goes into creating and maintaining an engaging work environment, regardless there are times when not everyone embraces it.  Does this sound familiar?  Have you ever thought about why someone would not want to be engaged in their work environment?  Are they just a “miserable person”, a “cranky individual”, or maybe “that’s just who they are”?  Any one of these might actually be the case.  Have you considered that these could be factors that may alter how you engage your workforce?

Not everyone is an extrovert, some may have never worked in an engaging environment and well, some are just truly cranky or miserable.  Be sure to consider that all of these are possibilities that could interfere with having the type of engagement that you have worked hard to accomplish.

Rather than assuming your engagement program or practices are ineffective, consider conducting a root cause analysis as to why certain aspects of the initiative produced less than desirable results and focus on understanding the voice of your workforce.  We are here to help guide you and your company on effective and efficient strategies to maximize your employment practices.