How to Be a More Engaged Employee
The struggle is real, folks. Employee engagement is on the decline, and it’s something every employer — and employee — needs to take seriously. According to Office Vibe’s Global & Real-Time State of Employee Engagement:
60 percent of employees notice that their job is taking a toll on their personal life
63 percent of employees feel like they don’t get enough praise
57 percent of employees wouldn’t recommend their organization as a good place to work
56 percent of employees believe that they don’t have any career advancement opportunities
The statistics don’t lie: many employees are not engaged. But it’s not just on employers — I firmly believe that employee engagement is a two-way street.
Employers should be engaging with their employees to build meaningful relationships — at my company, we send out bi-weekly pulse surveys to gain regular feedback from our employees — but employees should also show some initiative to become a more engaged employee. Because odds are, becoming engaged will make your day-to-day life at the office a whole lot more enjoyable. It might even boost your work performance!
Having personally read through hundreds of comments submitted by employees, I’ve found myself providing some of the same tips and advice over and over again.
Below are my suggestions on how to become a more engaged employee.
How is a company supposed to fix a problem they aren’t aware exists? If your company is investing in surveys and feedback tools, the least you can do is engage and provide your thoughts and feedback. And if your organization does not have these tools, request them!
Transparency is expected in most organizations today. Let your employer know you don’t understand a certain policy or don’t agree with something. If you have a great suggestion, then share it! It doesn’t necessarily mean your new idea will be implemented, but at least you can have your voice heard and be a trusted source of feedback for your employer.
If you don’t speak up now, it’s hard to complain later. Just remember, feedback is nothing without honesty — that’s what your employer is asking for!
February 4, 2016
February 4, 2016