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Top 10+ reasons why employee engagement is important

Employee engagement remains a challenge for many companies

Have you ever asked yourself, just how many of the employees in my organization are really engaged? If you believe it is about half, you may actually be overestimating the number.

But in this incredible time of competing pressures – demand for profitable growth, financial market volatility, political uncertainty, global shifts in workforce demographics and a rapidly shifting technology – a finer point must be put on that core engagement question. Leaders must ask themselves not only “what do employees need in order to be engaged?” but also “what behaviors are we asking them to engage in?”

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But why is employee engagement important to businesses? It’s simple: to make higher profits. Businesses with more engaged employees perform better. Need convincing? Need a business case for employee engagement?

 The value of engaged employees

Infographic: What is the business case for employee engagement

 

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Torben Rick Torben Rick

Experienced senior executive, both at a strategic and operational level, with strong track record in developing, driving and managing business improvement, development and change management. International experience from management positions in Denmark, Germany and Switzerland

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3 comments on “Top 10+ reasons why employee engagement is important

May 7, 2012 7:14 pm

Jasmine Gartner

Thanks Rick for this article – good to have so many great stats about employee engagement in one place! Only one question – what does the German quote translate as?

March 13, 2014 4:27 pm

Aleksey Savkin

Torben, thank you a lot for compiling this nice list. Have added as “read more…” to my article about measuring employee engagement.

February 20, 2016 8:05 pm

Bob Gately

Torben, thanks for sharing your insights.

Employee engagement must start before the job offer is made because we need to hire employees for their internal motivation. As they say, “Everything that’s controllable has a person connected to it,” and when discussing employee problems that person is a manager or an executive or the CEO.

Internal motivation, unlike external motivation, is not under the control of the employer. Managers who know this don’t make the mistake of presuming that they can change employees’ internal motivation.

When there are disengaged or problem employees we need not look beyond managers and executives.
– Too many employees are in the wrong jobs, i.e., management errors.
– Too many managers are in the wrong jobs, i.e., executive errors.
– Too many executives are in the wrong jobs, i.e., CEO errors.
– Too many managers and executives Reward A hoping for B.
– Poorly behaving employees are tolerated, i.e., management errors.
– Poorly behaving managers are tolerated, i.e., executive errors.
– Poorly behaving executives are tolerated, i.e., CEO errors.
– In other words, we get who we hire and who we promote.

If we want to break the cycle, then begin hiring the right people for all positions.

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