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By Michael Heller Employee Engagement

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Let’s get the simple explanation out of the way – engaged employees means better productivity. We’re talking big time increases. A study by Gallup found companies with an average of 9.3 engaged employees for every actively disengaged employee, experienced 147% higher EPS compared to their competition. Still not sold? Well, they additionally found that work units in the top quartile in employee engagement outperformed bottom-quartile units by 22% in profitability and 21% in productivity.

All companies experience financial challenges or wish to remain fiscally ahead. Business is about making money after all. Blame the economy, investors, regulations or a combination of the three, but at some point or another, business owners will be looking for a way to give their budget a break. Of course, while considering these savings, we hear the outcry of our employees. Disengagement levels are rising, but they’re still not great and a lot of the time the answers we’re provided include more hits to the budget, not less.

We’re here to put your mind to ease. The ROI of investing in employee engagement is real and it’s within any business leader’s grasp.

The Bottom Line and Employee Engagement

There are numerous articles from experts discussing employee engagement and how it helps workers (obviously). We’re not even exempt from the list, but at the end of the day, what does all the work do for companies? Is there a connection to increased profits? The good news is that investing in employee engagement isn’t just a boost to your company culture.

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The potential ROI of better performance over competition is of course a sure-fire way to meet better financial profitability. Studies have shown that organizations with engaged employees outperform those with low employee engagement by 202%. Besides showing a hike in both performance and initial profit, research revealed engaged companies have five times higher shareholder returns over five years.

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Attaining Return on Engagement

How exactly can you take a step in the right direction when it comes to employee engagement?

  • Increase Communication: Begin by making it clear that managers and supervisors need to be involved in planning and executing the plan’s tactics. If alignment is off at any point of the leadership chain, there is chance to lose skilled talent.
  • Keep Managers in Mind: Your skilled talent includes those people who are leading the employees you’re trying to engage. Managers and supervisors should be receiving continued training and appreciation so they never feel stagnant in their position. Not only does this keep the leadership poised to continue performing well, employees who work for engaged managers are 59% more likely to be engaged themselves.
  • Focus on Strengths: Management teams that focus on strengths every day have 12.5% greater productivity and workers who use their strengths every day are 6x more likely to be engaged on the job.
  • Appreciation Goes a Long Way: This is the most obvious direction experts take organizations hoping to up engagement. That’s because the number 1 reason American employees leave their jobs is the lack of appreciation they feel from the organization. That’s a hefty thought, but appreciation isn’t expensive on-site cafeterias and big budget perks. It can be as simple as saying thank you, providing volunteering opportunities and offering opportunities for skill development.
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